Earlier this month, the mayor announced her decision to not allow nonconforming liquor stores damaged by the riots to use city loan funds to reopen in the same areas as liquor stores. While some in the business community have criticized this decision, those of us in public health look forward to the tremendous opportunity this could provide for businesses to step up in underserved communities. Our Healthy Stores Program operates four stores in West Baltimore, with the plan to expand to six in the next year and eight in the third year. For an investment of $750,000, we could support as many as 25 corner stores to transform them into businesses that sell healthy food options. For $1.5 million, we could make that change with three times as many stores.