Youngstown officials make progress to land grocery store

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An effort to get a grocery store on the south side of Youngstown is making progress.

Earlier this year, three Bottom Dollars stores in the city were closed when Aldi bought the company. Aldi is re-opening some Bottom Dollar stores, but not the ones in Youngstown.

It is not a done deal, but Youngstown Mayor John McNally said Aldi might donate or give back the Glenwood Avenue location to the city. If it happens, the mayor said getting a grocery store operator in the location is a top priority.

“Then either seek individuals who would want to operate it as a grocery store or seek proposals from companies who would like to operate it as a grocery store,” McNally said.

All the paperwork still needs to be processed, which McNally hopes will be done in a month or so.

Youngstown Economic Development Director T. Sharon Woodberry said attracting another grocer will be a challenge because it took a lot of effort to get Bottom Dollar to open on Glenwood Avenue.

“The market just was not being driven in that direction on its own,” Woodberry said.

McNally said he thinks Aldi wants to keep shopping around the Bottom Dollar location on Midlothian Boulevard. The landlord of the Mahoning Avenue location also is working on finding another grocer to come in.

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