YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Peering inside what was once Youngstown’s Glenwood Avenue Bottom Dollar grocery store, you can faintly see a few overhead lights that remain on and aisle markers still hanging from the ceilings.
A sign on the front door and the empty parking lot say the building is vacant, but action by Youngstown City Council Wednesday evening may lead to the building being occupied once again.
“Well tonight, council approved our Board of Control entering into an agreement with Aldi to take back the property from Aldi — that’s the location on Glenwood Avenue,” Youngstown Mayor John McNally said.
It was February 2012 that Bottom Dollar opened three stores in Youngstown — one in the Mahoning Plaza, one on Midlothian Boulevard and the Glenwood Avenue store. Two years later, after Aldi purchased Bottom Dollar, Aldi executives closed all three stores, including Glenwood Avenue, disappointing many area residents.
“This store has been a big help to the community. If the stores close, where they going to go?” asked Sabrina Brandon, a Bottom Dollar shopper interviewed in November 2014 — just before the closure.
The city’s plan is to turn the Bottom Dollar store back into a grocery store, because the neighborhood does not have one.
“This gives the city an opportunity to go out and seek other grocery stores that might want to come,” said Janet Tarpley, Youngstown’s sixth ward councilwoman. “We know we are a food desert in this community. We need a grocery store.”
As far as the other former Bottom Dollar locations, the Mahoning Plaza building is privately owned and the Midlothian Boulevard location is also owned by Aldi. Both are being marketed for other uses.