Grocery store opening in Birmingham leaves citizens overjoyed

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - People living in the southwest section of Birmingham say they have been waiting a long time for a place to buy groceries in their neighborhood.

City leaders gathered Thursday for the grand opening of Save-A-Lot on Dennison Avenue. City Councilor Carole Smitherman, whose district in which the Save-A-Lot is opening, was on hand to take part in the celebration.

"It's a big deal for us," says Smitherman. "This store has been vacant for about six years."

Residents in the area had been driving for miles to get groceries since the store in the Heritage Town Shopping Center closed. The Save-A-Lot's opening means that locals can now shop in their own community and Save-A-Lot is looking at other locations in the Birmingham area for other possible stores.

As part of the grand opening, Save-A-Lot donated $5,000 in gift cards to the community food bank.

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