Dallas Food Desert Grocery Store Closes – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Most people in North Texas take neighborhood food stories for granted. However, that’s not the case in a neighborhood in southeast Dallas that was a food wasteland with stores more than five miles away when Save U More opened in 2016.
This store near the corner of Simpson Stuart Road and Bonnie View Road closed on New Years Day.
People who shopped there on the last day found very little to buy.
“You can see all the way from the front of the store to the back of the store and up through the shelves,” said customer Pearl Smith.
In the months leading up to Friday’s closure, some neighbors said poor inventory levels had caused business to decline.
Councilor Tennell Atkins, who represents the area, struggled for years to find a developer ready to open a business in the food wasteland.
“We need to make sure that this community has fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and fresh meat,” he said.
There was good supply in 2019 when Rodney Wiggins, who ran the business at the time, said it was a challenging location.
“A lot of people are afraid to come to this area. This area needs to be addressed, ”said Wiggins.
In the past this corner has had crime problems.
But there are also hungry people in apartments and single-family houses in the neighborhood. Paul Quinn College is just down the street.
The city of Dallas awarded the developer a $ 2.9 million grant to renovate a rundown old mall and open the grocery store. In return, the developer was supposed to provide the neighborhood with a shop for 10 years.
“He’s been five years. He said yesterday that he was determined to be here for 10 years. He needs time to restructure himself and come up with a different concept for the reopening, ”said Atkins.
In August, a group of critics held a demonstration in front of the store speaking out against further spending in the city.
“Where did all the money go and when did the city start to save grocery stores and failed businesses,” said critic Eric Williams that day.
On Friday, Atkins wouldn’t rule out additional city spending.
“I think all options are on the table,” said Atkins. “The city always invests in the community. I don’t think the city will stop investing in the community. “
Atkins said the neighborhood needs a grocery store and he will help reopen it.
“That would be great. That would be really great,” said customer Pearl Smith.
She left the shop for a long drive on Friday and said she didn’t enjoy finding anywhere to eat.
Some neighbors in the surrounding apartments say they will rely on convenience stores and a dollar store a walk from the corner. These stores supply milk and packaged items, but not fresh and full-service foods.