A supermarket chain planning to build a full-service grocery store in the city’s Fosterville neighborhood also will open one on East Midlothian Boulevard.
Mayor Jay Williams and T. Sharon Woodberry, the city’s economic-development director, confirmed Friday that both stores should open by this summer.
The store on East Midlothian Boulevard would be in a former Big Lots, near Zedaker Street, Woodberry and Williams said.
The other store would be in the Fosterville neighborhood bounded by West Princeton, Glenwood and West Indianola avenues. The property is the location of the former Cleveland School and adjacent Fosterville Park, also on the city’s South Side.
Both locations are known as “food deserts,” Woodberry said, because those neighborhoods lack full-service supermarkets and residents primarily are served by convenience stores.
“Convenient stores are just that — convenient,” added Williams. “We’re not anti-convenient stores, but these residents deserve to be serviced by grocery stores with fresh and healthy food.”
The company also is looking at sites on the city’s East and North sides for future stores, Williams said.
City officials have a confidentiality agreement restricting them from identifying the company at this point.
But documents filed with the city’s planning commission list the name of the applicant as Bottom Dollar Food.
Bottom Dollar Food, a discount grocery store, is a subsidiary of Food Lion, which operates more than 1,200 supermarkets in 11 states. Bottom Dollar has 45 stores in five states, including Pennsylvania.
Neither Bottom Dollar Food nor Food Lion operates stores in Ohio.
A Bottom Dollar spokesman couldn’t be reached Friday by The Vindicator to comment.
Bottom Dollar Food will request a variance Tuesday from the city’s planning commission to reduce the number of required parking spaces at the Fosterville location from the 182 required under city law to 74.