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July 2022

CityView Magazine - Fayetteville, NC

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36 July 2022 After the Walmart closed, "we were left with a food desert. And I feel strongly about offering healthy food choices." – Tonya McNeill, owner of e Salad Box A s temperatures soar, our appetites oen crave lighter fare. A bounty from the garden comes in all the colors of the rainbow. (And maybe toss in some crumbled feta and crispy bacon, too.) Where can we find the best salads locally? Here are some options. Pick your bowl size and go to town With a name like e Salad Box, there's no doubt about the specialty at this new eatery on the block. But there's more to the story. Recognizing a need for additional food options on the Murchison Road corridor, visionary Tonya McNeill is taking lemons and making lemonade. Aer Walmart Neighborhood Market closed its store at Murchison Road and Pamalee Drive in 2018, "we were le with a food desert," McNeill says. "And I feel strongly about offering healthy food choices." McNeill adds that the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced her belief that a salad restaurant was more important than ever to supplement the neighborhood's Southern fried and fast-food fare. With experience in the food industry — she owns N'Zone 2 Go and NZone Social Venue off South Reilly Road — she sought a way to bring "the freshest possible product" to the Murchison Road community. Salad days Hot weather calls for cool eating BY JANET GIBSON GOOD EATS Tonya McNeill opened The Salad Box to bring fresh food to the community. Photos by Cindy Burnham

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