TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Trotwood is faced with another empty storefront and so far, there are no signs of anyone moving into the former Burlington store on Salem Avenue.
Some residents say they considered the Burlington store one of the last few places to shop in Trotwood, and the mayor says she has several ideas for empty retail spaces like this one.
The parking lot is almost deserted after another big box store bites the dust. Burlington officials say the Trotwood store closed about a month ago after relocating to Huber Heights.
Shopper Marcia Drummond, who lives in West Dayton, says the closure is disappointing but not surprising.
“Everything was huddled towards the middle of the store, and you would notice the back line of the store was just very empty,” she said.
A Dollar General is the only business left in the shopping center.
Mayor Mary McDonald says the city tried to find out more from Burlington several times before the closure.
“We had been reaching out to Burlington, and we could not get any direct answer to say whether or not they were staying or going,” she said.
The mayor says while new retail would be beneficial to the city, she’d also like to see small manufacturing in spaces like this one, adding that city leaders are working to recruit new businesses.
“I am about getting living wage jobs for my citizens. What happened to the city of Trotwood had to do with industry leaving,” she said.
People around here say they’re hoping to see the area transformed with new businesses, so they can shop closer to home.
“I do not like traveling to Beavercreek. I do not like traveling to Centerville, the Fairfield Commons Mall. It’s an inconvenience,” said Drummond.
We have also attempted to get in touch with the owner of the shopping center to find out if there are any plans for the space.