YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Belmont Avenue seafood shop that closed after years of violence and other problems will reopen on Monday with new management.
Three years ago, an armed robbery turned fatal at the Galaxy Seafood shop on Belmont Avenue. After that shooting, and other robbery attempts over the years, the shop closed last year.
Nevels Temple Church of God in Christ has taken over the store. Bishop Emmett Nevel said he hopes when it opens Monday it will be filled with customers from the neighborhood, marking a new beginning for the business, a profit for the church and another opportunity for residents to purchase healthy food.
“It has been excessively hard work and prayer. I prayed and the Lord brought it to fruition,” Nevel said. “I prayed and asked God to bless the fish like he did in the bible.”
The only other remaining business on the block is Brownstone Barber Shop. Owner Victor Brown is happy to see new owners take over the vacant store.
“You have a business like this that counts on people needing a basic service. People need haircuts and people need to eat,” Brown said. “With those two together, it is a winning combination.”
Nevel said he hopes the church’s presence will help put an end to violence in the neighborhood.
“People will respect it and be fearful of doing destructive things there,” Nevel said.
The seafood shop will offer both cooked and uncooked fish.