McNally weighs in on closing grocery store property

Bottom Dollar

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – WYTV has new details regarding the planned sale of Bottom Dollar Food to Aldi.

Monday, First News reporter Damon Maloney got his hands on letters Youngstown’s mayor wrote to both companies, urging them to do what he considers to be the right thing to do.

Time is growing short for the five Bottom Dollar Food locations in the Valley and others across the country. The grocer’s parent company says its closing by year’s end because it’s selling to Aldi.

“This store has been a big help to the community,” Bottom Dollar shopper Sabrina Brandon said. “If the store closes where are they going to go?”

Sabrina Brandon has come to love this location on Glenwood Avenue in Youngstown, and shares Mayor McNally’s concern for not only those who shop at this location, but for those who work here.

“We want to protect that corridor,” McNally said.

Monday, McNally finished writing separate letters to the companies involved. One letter urged them to keep a grocery store operating in all five valley locations, where fresh food options are hard to come by.

But particularly when it comes to the Glenwood Avenue location, the mayor wants the property transferred back to the city if it is not going to be used as a grocery store in the future.

The mayor says that would be only appropriate because the city owned the land previously and got rid of it specifically for Bottom Dollar to construct a building and become a new south side business neighbor.

“People are really trying to look at that Glenwood Avenue corridor as something to continually work on,” McNally said. “So i don’t want that physical structure empty there.”

The mayor says if the city got the property back, its uses are endless. But residents I spoke to want to keep shopping here for food.

“Keep it a grocery store and keep the same people here as employees,” Brandon said. “Because they do need an income.”

Aldi said in a written statement it’s premature to share any plans specific to the purchase of assets at this time.

To view McNally’s letters to Bottom Dollar and Aldi, click¬†here.

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