Cleveland residents hope for new grocery store after sale of old Dave’s Market property

Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 6:32 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood took a major hit when Dave’s Market across the street from the Euclid Beach Park closed.

But, 19 News confirmed that on Sept. 13 the closed building on Lakeshore Boulevard was sold to Qasim Properties LLC.

While no official plans have been announced, all signs point to a new Simon’s grocery store going in at that location.

This is music to Kawana Little’s ears. “They are able to just walk across the street or walk next door it would definitely be great for them to replace it with a supermarket,” she said.

Right now people in this area are experiencing what experts call a food desert, with some residents telling 19 News they’ve been getting their groceries from gas stations, and that they aren’t always healthy.

Kimberly Dixon used to shop at Dave’s all the time. She uses a wheelchair and told 19 News she knows how hard it is to not have a close by grocery store.

“The elderly over here, they have nowhere to go except the other side, so it would be nice to have a store here again,” she said.

There is no word yet on when the work on the property will begin, but Little is hoping this grocery store opens sooner rather than later, so seniors here don’t have to rely on anyone else but themselves.

“For them to still be independent, and be able to and mobilize and still walk and be at a store that’s nearby to get groceries is important,” she said.