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New year, no new grocery store

Some people living on Lafayette's south side are worried they are heading into another year without a grocery store. Needler's Fresh Market has yet to open on Teal Road.

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 11:12 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2018 5:49 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some people living on Lafayette's south side are worried they are heading into another year without a grocery store. Needler's Fresh Market has yet to open on Teal Road.

Marsh closed in July 2017 and there's been little activity at the site since. Dennis Manning is legally blind so he needs resources nearby.

"That's the reason I bought my house because it was so close to the bus lines and it was so close to the store," he said. 

Now that one of those amenities is out of the picture, he finds himself using the other a lot more.

"I have to get on the bus and get my groceries from Payless and then drag it back on the bus and it's just so inconvenient," said Manning.

The city's Economic Development Director Dennis Carson wishes he could do more. However because the city doesn't own the building, the store is on its own timeline.

Carson said it's possible Lafayette wasn't at the top of the chain's list.

"They've expanded into a lot of different markets and a lot of different stores so it may be just a matter of time before they get to this one," said Carson. 

Carson said for now, it's a waiting game.

"If there are issues down the road in terms of code violations or the building sits there and becomes in disrepair or things like that, there are actions we can take," said Carson. 

Manning on the other hand, doesn't know how much longer he can wait.

"In my mind I said well maybe I should move, I mean I love my house but I don't know," said Manning. 

Carson said its been a while since he's reached out to Needler's. News 18 also tried calling several times since May, the anticipated grand opening, as well as Tuesday. None of those calls have been returned.

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