Dayton residents low on options after ALDI announces closing

Dayton residents low on options after ALDI announces closing (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Putting food on the table is tough enough for some Dayton families.

With Aldi in Westown Shopping Center closing, there are fewer options.

"It's gonna be rough,” resident Nathan Karn said.

"I'll have to catch two or three buses, just to get to another store,” Crystal Nash told Fox 45’s Shavon Anderson.

Jamica Garrison grew up nearby, and wonders how these decisions keep getting made.

"To be in the top 12 considered a ‘food desert,’ how were we proactive?" she asked.

In short, she doesn’t think the city has been proactive. Garrison also represents the group Neighborhoods Over Politics, which looking to guide government in what’s best for local communities. NOP met with the city last year, about access to more food.

"Here we are again, with this need,” she said. “This store is going to close within the next six months."

Aldi told the city there weren't enough customers to stay open. Most customers aren’t buying the excuse.

"That's funny because the Aldi is always busy, from open to close everyday,” Karn added.

Fox 45 reached out to Aldi in an email, asking if they could provide numbers on customer traffic year-to-year, or proof of declining sales.

A representative told Fox 45: “...we do not have any additional information to share regarding the ALDI Dayton store closure at this time beyond the original media statement.”

Transparency is what Garrison is after, while increasing community engagement.

"It's very difficult to get residents engaged, when a lot of times our residents are concerned with how to make it from one day to the next,” she added.

Garrison’s posted on social media, trying to get the word out that moving forward, families need to be involved in what comes next.

"We don't want people making decisions for us,” she said.

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