Today, Indianapolis residents were shocked to learn that Double 8 Foods, a local family-owned grocery chain would be closing its doors.
Upon learning the news, residents took to Facebook to voice their concern.
Chris Chaffin Call me crazy, but I’m willing to bet that if people purchased from these stores and the stores made money, they wouldn’t be closing…..
Marshawn Wolley Food deserts and the emerging trend of divestment from poor communities is more than troubling. It’s a call for business, government and philanthropy to demonstrate once again that we are no mean city.
Fred Carr This is a good thing. Sanitation was not priority
Residents close to these locations also voice their concern for themselves and the community.
Lindell Brown, a customer that shops at the Fairfield Avenue location, said this store was convenient.
“There’s a lot of people around here and the other areas of Double 8 they closed that have no transportation,” he said. “This is part of their livelihood to come down here and shop.”
Another customer of the Fairfield location, Sam Elmor, said Double 8 Foods also offers foods other grocery stores don’t.
For employees, this is an even harder hit.
Roger Allen, supervisor at the Sherman Drive location, said he learned about the closure earlier in the day.
“I’ve got to try to find another job I guess,” Allen said. “That’s what I’ll have to do to keep paying the bills.”
The chain announced the closing of its four stores, all located on Indianapolis’ north side, via a statement posted on their website.
“We are very sad to let everyone know that we have Closed All of our Stores today, Thursday, July 23, 2015.
It was a difficult and agonizing decision to make after operating for 58 years. Unfortunately, our declining revenues was too much of a challenge to overcome.
We are very proud to have served our neighborhoods throughout our existence and are grateful for the many good memories we’ve shared with neighbors, friends, and customers. Most of all we appreciate the phenomenal and steadfast dedicated work of our employees. Thank you one and all for your support.”