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Country superstar breaks ground on his new ‘free grocery’ store — which will support needy families


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Country music star Brad Paisley broke ground on a brand-new grocery store in the Nashville area on Wednesday — and once the store is completed, the groceries will be free to all patrons.

What are the details?

The store, named "The Store," will be located on the campus of Belmont University, Paisley's alma mater.

According to The Associated Press, volunteers will run the store in shifts and will dispense free groceries to the needy.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Paisley said that the store environment "takes away the sting of embarrassment for a parent who maybe feels that way because they can't feed their kid."

"The kids should not know what their parent is going through," the award-winning musician added. "That's not stress a child needs."

The country star's wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, also said that hunger is a "real issue in Nashville" and explained that 1 in 7 people — and 1 in 5 children — "don't know where their next meal is coming from."

"We really want to get people before this is a major crisis," she added. "We want to help people in this gap where they are trying to get back on their feet."

What else?

According to the outlet, "The store will operate like a real grocery store so that people can go shopping through the aisles and Belmont students and other volunteers will scan their items, but no money will change hands."

Paisley tweeted about the store on Wednesday, writing, "We broke ground today on @TheStoreNash!! Or more specifically, I did, in this backhoe. And no one was hurt! There are a lot of ways to be a part of this new charity, go to to find out how you can help!"

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