Photo by Jasmine Barnes

If you’ve ever had to catch a train at the Garfield Green Line stop, you might notice a very familiar fixture: Garland Gantt’s truck, outside of which you can pick up socks, clothes, pops, and water bottles. But inside his truck, Gantt operates what is essentially a mobile corner store.

You can pick up snowballs, hot dogs, ground beef nachos, and even Italian beefs. He’s been at the same spot since 2002.

Gantt is one of the best people to ask about the undergoing transformation of the neighborhood while you pick up a bag of chips. 

Inflation is something that has not escaped this entrepreneur, as he makes it clear on his signage that rising prices are due to economics.

When asked what the biggest change he’s seen all these years, he attributes the investments made by the University of Chicago.

Outside the Garfield Green Line stop, 320 E. Garfield Blvd. Monday–Friday, 10:30am–7:30pm.

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