YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown is now working to get a tenant inside the former Bottom Dollar Store along Glenwood Avenue.
The store closed last year and has been vacant ever since. In October, the city entered into an agreement to take back the property from Aldi, which owned it.
On Monday, Youngstown Mayor John McNally announced that the city will start accepting acquisition proposals. All proposals will be considered, but leaders say the priority is getting another grocery store into the area.
The deadline to submit proposals is February 1.
History of Bottom Dollar:
- February ’12- Bottom Dollar opened three stores in Youngstown; one in the Mahoning Plaza; one on Midlothian Boulevard and one on Glenwood Avenue.
- 2014 – Aldi purchased Bottom Dollar and closed all three stores
- Former Bottom Dollar location on Mahoning Plaza is privately owned
- Former Bottom Dollar building on Midlothian Boulevard location is owned by Aldi.
Food Desert Facts:
- The USDA defines food deserts as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas.
- There is one fresh food store every 3.8 square miles in Youngstown
- There are at least four empty grocery stores inside the city limits
- 18.5% of Americans don’t have cars
- Most food deserts are in urban areas; most grocery stores in sub-urban neighbor hoods
- USDA’s Economic Research Service estimates that 23.5 million people live in food deserts.