Safeway plans to close inner-city store
Published Wednesday, November 12, 2008 6:54PM CST
It's the end of an era in the city's West End.
Margaret Strand has bought her groceries at the Safeway at Ellice and Wall for more than 20 years, but not anymore. In just one month the doors will close for good.
"I think it's going to be bad because the community needs it," said Margaret Strand.
Safeway says this location had been underperforming and is too expensive to upgrade.
It's closing this store and one at Polo Park in favour of a bigger, updated location at Ness and Century.
"I think it's going to be a big blow because I don't know where they'll buy groceries, especially because there's a lot of elders and I always see them walking here," said another resident who only identified herself as Chantal.
Ralph Tessier often walks to the Safeway; now he worries about how he'll fill his prescriptions.
"We really don't know what we're going to do anymore. It's so convenient, I don't know what they're thinking," said Tessier.
Some sociologists say it's a sign of a larger problem. One study from the University of Western Ontario suggests as larger supermarkets move out of the inner city there's a lack of fresh affordable food, creating something researchers call food deserts.
The area's MLA Andrew Swan has gotten involved and will host a meeting at a nearby church on Wednesday evening. He would like to see another grocery store move in.
With a report from CTV's Joe Olafson