Evicted grocery store still hurting neighbors

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email


News 12 First at Five/ Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A new grocery store could be coming to the Laney Walker area. Augusta Commissioner Bill Fennoy has been leading the effort for hundreds of people in the area who have to walk miles too a store.

"It's a problem down here without a store," said Laney Walker Resident Frank Bennings.

It's been seven months since the owner of Laney Supermarket was evicted for not paying his rent, but the chaos of that day still lingers.

Hundreds of former customers, now have to do their shopping elsewhere - many of them with limited transportation. "It was their only means of getting to a store," said Neighbor Eugenia Burton.

Burton does mission work in the area and says she's driven people to the Kroger on 15th street nearly four miles away.
Commissioner Bill Fennoy represents the area, and says neighbors need more options.

"People that live in this area are seniors. It creates a hardship on them when they have to pay someone to take them to the store," said Commissioner Bill Fennoy.

City leaders are working with a non-profit to survey the area to find out what store or chain would best work. The group focuses on improving America's food system by increasing access to healthy and affordable food.

"We realize if it's not a major chain then the prices might not be competitive. The people want a good clean grocery store," said Commissioner Fennoy.

City Leaders will get the results from the survey in two weeks and decide how to proceed.

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