Grocery store to close, leaving residents with few options - WNEM TV 5

Grocery store to close, leaving residents with few options

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A trip to the grocery store for a lot of people could soon become more time consuming.

Stacey Korpal has a daily routine.

"I'm very devastated. This is my Kroger, this is the place I shop," Korpal said.

She and her husband stop here at the Kroger store on Dixie Highway in Buena Vista.

But come next month, when the store closes its doors, that routine will come to an end.

"There's nothing convenient in the area, at least nothing that isn't kind of scary to go to. This is really convenient for me," Korpal said.

Leon Davis lives right next to the soon-to-be shuttered store.

He said he has slowly seen business after business go under in the area.

"They closed down the mall in Buena Vista. All those stores gone," Davis said. "The bank right there, they shut that down. We don't have anything pretty much on this side of town as it is."

That means a trip to the grocer will now mean taking quite a hike.

Davis said a lot of the customers like him walk to the store.

The next closest store, also a Kroger, is nearly four miles away.

It’s not bad by car, but nearly an hour and a half on foot.

"I don't know what we're supposed to do over here," Davis said.

Korpal, like other shoppers said she is wondering where they'll go now.

"I liked this store. It was a good store. Everybody was really friendly here. You just don't get that every place," Korpal said.

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