Grand Opening for Simon’s Buckeye October 6th!

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.

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Supermarket closures will expand food deserts

Supermarket chain Giant Eagle announced that they will be closing two Cleveland stores within the next two months. Area residents and local officials were surprised by the news, since the stores are cornerstones in their respective neighborhoods, providing healthy food access, banking and pharmacy services along with 120 local jobs. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson wrote a letter asking Giant Eagle why the stores will be closed, and he, along with patrons and local community organizations await their response. Cleveland City Council passed a resolution on January 11th, urging the store chain to keep these two stores open. Cleveland residents showed their discontent for the west side store’s closure this past Saturday, with a protest supported by Cleveland City Councilmembers Brian Kazy and Zack Reid and Cuyahoga Council representative Dale Miller.

HIP-Cuyahoga has worked for years to raise awareness about how healthy food access is not equally distributed across Cuyahoga County. Half of the people in Cleveland live farther than a half mile from a grocery store. Additionally, more than 60% of Cleveland residents living in a food desert are people of color. The closure of the two Giant Eagle Supermarkets will only make the situation worse for these two urban core neighborhoods.

The Buckeye-Shaker SquareDevelopment Corporation is costing a community forum at their location – 11802 Buckeye Rd. in Cleveland on the subject of the closure of the two stores on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 5:30-7:00 pm.

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