INDIANAPOLIS - Officials will break ground Thursday on a shopping center that will remove an Indianapolis neighborhood's status as a food desert. The Shops at Avondale Meadows is the result of a $9 million investment that includes a 16,000 square-foot Save-a-Lot Food Store.

The shopping center will also include nearly 13,000 square feet of retail shops and a 12,000 square-foot Goodwill store. The development is expected to create 20 full-time and more than 50 part-time jobs. 

The Avondale Meadows neighborhood is certified as a food desert, which means at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract's population reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store. The addition of the Save-a-Lot store will remove that certification.

Construction on the development will begin immediately after the ground breaking. The neighborhood says stores are expected to open this fall.