Simon’s Supermarket in Buckeye had their “soft opening” a couple weeks ago and are now open for business! Stop by for the Grand Opening, taking place on Saturday, October 6th from 12 – 3 pm at 11501 Buckeye Rd.
This store was implemented through a strong partnership from community residents, city leaders, health departments and local organizations. Community organizing and resident feedback was a key component to the success of this store opening. Over the past year, hundreds of Buckeye/Cleveland residents organized forums, walk throughs and even a job fair to make sure that store ownership hears the community’s priorities.
Residents democratically developed expectations related to quality, safety, service and local hiring and worked with store ownership to implement them.
Some expectations from resident feedback sessions:
High quality, fresh food, priced affordably
A safe place that is well-lit, and has security
A clean, sanitary store
Friendly and professional employees
Convenient hours and adequate check out lanes
Accessibility features for people with disabilities
The City of Cleveland provided $1 million in funding support (mostly grants) and the Healthy Food for Ohio Program provided almost $1 million in loans. Without this support, the project would not have been possible.
The store is 55,000+ square feet and will employ 80+ workers. This store occupies the site of the Giant Eagle that closed in February 2017. Strong resident organizing following the store closure created urgency for this project.
Campaign for Quality Supermarkets
Join the effort to ensure that all neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County have access to high quality food.