Residents Fired Up About Safeway Closing in Northeast
posted 02/03/10 6:09 pm producer: Malachi Constant
WASHINGTON - Store
closings are nothing new in the bad economy but on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington, a Safeway store closing is causing a big commotion.
After decades of serving one Northeast neighborhood, Safeway is shutting down its Rhode Island Avenue store where reaction Wednesday was swift and emotional.
"What are we going to do if they close the Safeway down?" asked one person.
"That's just crazy!" remarked another.
One resident asked, "What is the community going to do?"
Many residents say the supermarket is the center of their community where the elderly and others push their carts to shop, pick up their prescriptions and keep up on what's going on.
ANC Commissioner Marshall Phillips is angry. Phillips said, "They're just closing us down and leaving our community and where they going to take the money they've taken from here…"
Safeway told its employees the news Tuesday.
Safeway's Craig Muckle said, "We are closing the store effective March 6th and it's never an easy decision to close a store."
Safeway say they are losing business to a new Giant built half a mile down the street. They also say the type of stores in the nearby mall are not the kind that attract customers who would also shop at Safeway and so business is down.
One woman shared her reaction to the news about the closing, saying, "I'm like, 'good God, that's sad.' This is so sad."
One resident proposed, "They should work on keeping it open for us."
"We senior citizens don't have no place to go except up to the Giant and got a catch a bus to up there. That's crazy. Lord, have mercy, Jesus I don't know. I don't know. They treating us wrong," said one senior citizen.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Safeway at 4th & RI Ave NE to close on March 6, 2010
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