Food desert

Peoria Community Rallies to Combat Food Deserts

Jan 12, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

More than 65 people turned out today at Peoria’s South Side Mission for a roundtable on what happens when two neighborhood Kroger stores close.

 

The discussion event planned by Democratic State Senator Dave Koehler was initially expected to have about 16 people participate.

Specifically, the idea of food co-ops was the topic for consideration as well as other potentially sustainable solutions to the community's growing food deserts.

 

Kroger to Close Two Peoria Stores

Jan 4, 2018
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Kroger is closing two Peoria stores. The Harmon Highway and Wisconsin Avenue stores are closing at the end of the month. The Harmon Highway fuel center is also closing. A statement from the company says Kroger executives have long monitored operations, hoping the stores could return to profitability, but recent evaluations suggest such improvement is no longer realistic.

About 150 employees will either lose their jobs or move to other locations when Kroger closes two of the pair of stores.

 CHICAGO (AP) - The opening of a grocery in Chicago's impoverished and violence-plagued Englewood neighborhood has meant an often-called food desert has shrunk and hopes of a community revival increased.

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Peoria’s South Side will see the return of a grocery store early this summer.

Save-a-Lot food stores plans to open a location in the vacant store on Western Avenue.  The area has been without a grocery provider for two years since the Aldi’s closed the 210 South Western store.  

 

Save-a-Lot will mean a closer source for fresh produce, dairy, meat and essential household items for Southside Peoria residents. The area has been considered a food desert since the departure of the last store.