DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A staple grocery store in West Dayton is closing it's doors, leaving residents stuck to find food in an area known as a food desert.
The Aldi in the 4300 block of W. Third Street closed its doors permanently Sunday night at 8 p.m.
It's major blow to the West Dayton community. First a hospital, then a school and now a grocery store all closing in West Dayton by the end of this year. Major community staples gone within a matter of months. Residents we spoke with are upset and now demanding answers.
Generations of families relied on this Aldi.
"Aldi's is like the main store," shopper Morgan Peterman said. "Where everyone goes. Everyone loves Aldi's"
For fresh food in an area known as a food desert. Families now on their own.
"A lot of people are going to be struggling to find," shopper Morgan Peterman said. "Where they are going to get their food from."
"It's messed up," shopper Jayson Blunt said. "People know there is nothing in this area and they taking one of the last resources we have to shop."
The grocery chain facing major backlash from community leaders, like Mayor Nan Whaley. Calling the store closing a quote "disappointed" adding that the store should have worked with the city to make the location more viable.
"We take the closing of the West Dayton Aldi store very seriously," Aldi said in statement released in April. "And the decision to close on April 14th was based on many metrics we use to evaluate our stores. We have been proud to serve residents near our West Dayton store over the last 20 years."
"It's going to really impact us because most of the people that live around here," Peterman said. "Buy their groceries here and there's not really another store like Aldi's around here. I know you have your food town and save-a-lot but it's not going to be the same without Aldi's."
The next closest full-service grocery store with fresh meats and produce is the Kroger on West Siebenthaler Avenue, more than 4 miles away. Jayson Blunt says he has a message for Aldi.
"There's enough people in the neighborhood that need you here," Blunt said. "Not just want you here, but need you here. It's a sad situation that you got to leave and I wish you would reconsider."
The store officially closed at 8 p.m. Sunday. We're told employees were be transferred to nearby stores. Residents we spoke are hoping a new grocery store will move in, but so far there have been no stores that have expressed any interest.
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