YOUNGSTOWN — Some residents and city officials are putting neighborhood markets on notice: Clean up your acts or else.
The markets have long been associated with crime and other turbulence by some residents and officials.
An East Side homicide April 15 brought fresh scrutiny to the F&N Food Market on Shehy Street, while on the South Side, a ballot issue in Tuesday’s election has sparked feuds between Idora neighborhood residents and the Party Pantry at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Canfield Road.
Residents want to see cleaner stores that carry quality products and that don’t allow loitering or serve alcohol to minors, said Councilman Paul Drennen, D-5th.
“All the corner stores need to know is that residents are fed up with conditions and they’re doing something about it,” Drennen said.
Following the April 15 shooting, Mayor Jay Williams and Police Chief Jimmy Hughes set their focus on the F&N Market, threatening to start actions to close the store in the crime-ridden neighborhood.
“We’re still looking at the history involving that store,” said Williams. “There is a need to have retail offerings in the city, but for too long, too many [stores] have operated in a way not respectable to citizens and the community.”
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