Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What Does City Heights Lose when Albertsons Closes?

What Does City Heights Lose when Albertsons Closes?
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2014 07:38 AM PST

The importance of keeping the public benefit issues alive when redevelopment is dead

 

By Anna Daniels On January 15 Councilmember Marti Emerald released a statement about the imminent closure of the Albertsons store and pharmacy in the City Heights Retail Village. This announcement took the community by complete surprise. While it is true that "This planned closure of a major retailer is unfortunately a common story in older, low income neighborhoods...," this particular Albertsons is part of a unique, extensive redevelopment effort in City Heights. Albertsons opened in 2001, has a large footprint, carries fresh produce, is clean and well lit and includes the kinds of onsite services within the store that one associates with its more suburban (read successful) counterparts-- Starbucks, deli, bakery as well as services tailored to City Heights tastes and needs. It is frankly difficult to perceive how this particular store fits into the "common story" narrative.

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