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New Clifton Market could open in old Kellers IGA
CLIFTON, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A new community-owned grocery store simply named "Clifton Market" could open in the old Keller's IGA building on Ludlow Ave.
"This is the grocery store that has been the heart of the neighborhood since I was very young," said Adam Hyland, a Clifton resident and member of the Clifton Market organizing committee.
Hyland said four generations of his family shopped at Keller's IGA. He said the neighborhood hasn't been the same since the grocery store closed in January 2011 because the owner owed back taxes.
"Clifton is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood and not having a grocery store - a full service grocery store you can walk to - has been a real pain point for the neighborhood," Hyland said.
Neighbors once had hope that Keller's would reopen when the Goessling family bought the building in 2011. It seemed like a match made in grocer heaven since the Goesslings owned several IGA stores. But the $4 million renovation proved too costly. Neighbors mobilized after the Goessling family started shopping the building.
"I think this is really exciting. It's in the Clifton tradition of taking into our hands whatever we need to do," said Marilyn Hyland, Adam's mother and a member of the organizing committee.
Marilyn was a part of the six-year campaign in the 1980's that saved the Esquire Theatre from becoming a fast food restaurant. Residents raised $500,000 to buy the theatre. She said the organizing committee will start an "aggressive" fundraising campaign this Spring. Anyone can buy a share in the market for $200. Hyland and others hope to sell 2,000 shares but can sell more if necessary.
"It's just sort of been overwhelming. The amount of interest in this and the support and people are saying they're willing to buy shares," said Robert Krikorian, an organizing committee member.
The Clifton Market would carry a combination of well-known brands and locally grown foods. Anyone and everyone will be welcome to shop at the store - membership is not required. The committee will hire a general manager to run the store and hire employees.
"The store experience will be like any other neighborhood grocery store like Keller's was but even better," Marilyn Hyland said.
Organizing committee members believe Clifton Market will be complement Clifton Natural Foods which is moving to Ludlow Ave.
The organizing committee has submitted a contract to buy the building but another retailer is interested in the property. The organizing committee members say theyre very optimistic theyll be able to buy the property. If all goes as planned the Clifton Market could open in 18 months.
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