Grocers exiting east Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Leaving residents hungry for more places to shop, grocers are moving from east Birmingham. After the Food Giant on Roebuck Parkway closed. The area that once was home to at least three stand alone grocery stores now has none.

While residents are frustrated, the city councilor who overseas that district, Lashunda Scales, said this is a great opportunity to work to fill those empty spaces with new businesses that will help energize the entire area.

"We don't want to just say we want a grocery store, we want the full package," said Councilor Scales. "I believe our community will support it financially. We just need to bring it back and let them know we're open for business."

Councilor Scales says a vacant space in the Queensbury Center is one possible option for a new grocery store. And she is currently working with the owner of the property to make it happen. At this point, Councilor Scales said there is no exact time table for new businesses to start opening, but she is hopeful a new grocery store will move in in the next 12 months.

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