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2nd market in store for South Side

Published: Sat, March 12, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

By David Skolnick



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.


1markmyword(8 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Anyone who knows the Food Lion chain will not be looking forward to their move into our area. They are a low class company that will no be of no benefit to Youngstown. I remember well what they were like in Florida and would never shop at one. What we need are quality stores that will entice people to shop here and provide good quality for fair prices. The name bottom feeders should tell the whole story...

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2Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

These store are like a low grade save-alot there casher wont be trained to take any form of payment but Food Stamps

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3MLC75(660 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Hey its better than,what there is now and that is nothing.Some of you people complain, complain and complain,here is an easy solution don't shop there and drive miles to the store.GET A LIFE !

It will be good for the people in the area,who need a store, close to where they live.

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4terri1984(25 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

We had no problems with Food Lion in South Carolina. We actually had two stores in our community and they stayed busy.

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5redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Why do I sense one or two Giant Eagle employees comments on this story? Maybe "dog boy" has a new handle!

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6markmyword(8 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

no Giant Eagle employee just one who knows that what Youngstown doesn't need is more low class operations. We need to attract better quality than a food lion. These kind of stores rip off the customers who can least afford to be taken.

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7candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

On the West Coast is WinCo...cash,debit or food stamps...no credit cards accepted.

WinCo is expanding.

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8captdinger(110 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Have to agree with you terri1984. I don't know where these know-it-alls get their information. Since I retired from GM in 2004, I've lived in South and presently live in North Carolina. Food Lion is a great store chain. There are several in and around our community and they do a great job. Prices are always good, their products are always fresh, they donate to the community, the staff is always friendly and helpfull. What more do you want? Typical "valley attitude" It will never get any better.

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