Update: Greensboro announced Wednesday it is in discussions with Save-A-Lot Food Stores to bring the store to east Greensboro. The news conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon has been postponed while the city finalizes details of the agreement.
Greensboro, NC -- A new grocery store will open in the location of the former Winn-Dixie at 2521 Phillips Avenue.
City leaders are expected to announce the details in a news conference Thursday at the Bessemer Shopping Center. The name of the store will be announced at that time.
The grocery store is expected to employee 20-25 people.
The Winn-Dixie closed its doors in the late 90s and the store has been vacant since.
People who have been pushing for a new grocery store said this is a victory.
"We didn't give up," said Gayland Oliver, who lives nearby and is the executive director of the Eastern Development Growth Enterprise.
"For the senior citizens in Claremont, they may have to catch the bus two and three times a month just to get groceries. They can't take but so much in their hands," he added.
Mary Lou Clapp, a member of the Bessemer Redevelopment Steering Committee, said, "I feel very happy. I think it validates what we've said all along: it's time for our community in the northeast section to be part of the total community of Greensboro."
"We're just happy that this day is finally here," she said.
The city bought the Bessemer Shopping Center in 2008. Right now, the Family Dollar Store is the only open business.
Supporters said an important aspect of the new is store is that it will provide easier access to healthy food.
Alycia Shaw, who lives nearby, said, "I'm just excited that the people who need it the most, the poor in our community, will have access to the things they need."
"It actually gives a spirit of hope within the community," she added.
The new McGirt-Horton Library opened last year adjacent to the property. The library branch was formerly a part of the strip mall.
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