The community grocer at the Hub in Eaglehawk has been open a month, and already it's made a difference.
"We've had a 40 per cent increase in turnover," Bendigo Access Employment chief executive Michael Langdon said today at the official launch.
"With the closest supermarket more than 2km down the road, the locals have responded very well to having a shop nearby with fresh fruit and vegetables and other groceries at an affordable price."
The Hub in Bright Street is one of seven community enterprises run by Access.
It began with Neighbourhood Renewal funding in 2007, but became unsustainable when that program ended.
With the assistance of Melbourne-based support company Social Traders, the Hub set about expanding the milkbar.
Mr Langdon said a federal government grant enabled them to knock out a wall and fit out the grocery shop area.
"This has enabled us to increase the number of people with disabilities we can put into supported employment," Mr Langdon said.
"This is an enterprise that is inclusive of the community and it also offers a range of jobs, so it allows choice.
"This is part of our preparation for the national disability insurance scheme, which is about people with disabilities having a choice."
Access Employment commercial services operations manager Peter McCabe said adding the Hub's Community Grocer to their enterprise network has improved the service's "economies of scale".
"It's been a little bit of a journey," Mr McCabe said.
"This is already more popular than we envisaged, and what we are finding is that each enterprise can support the other, so, for instance, we can supply fruit and vegetables from Peppergreen Farm for the grocery.
"The plan was to increase turnover without increasing our costs."