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Russell neighborhood grocery to close

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Customers are not happy about a west Louisville grocery store that its owners say is being forced to close.

Despite the store's success, it will soon be out of business.  It is a small store that has served the Russell neighborhood for more than a decade. But on Thursday it will close its doors for the last time.

The owners of City View Market say business is good. But the family owned store has lost its lease.

"We have been serving the community about ten years now," explains co owner Meron Fikremarim. "A lot of elderly people and kids rely on this store, the closing is very unfortunate and devastating."

Customers praise the store's owners, saying it sells quality products at affordable prices.  They say the store is popular with nearby residents who can easily walk to shop.

Many of them are elderly and will have no where nearby to shop for food when the store closes at the end of business on Thursday.

"Thousands of people in this area depend upon this store," says loyal customer Shirley Solomon "We were a fresh food desert before this store opened."

City View Market is in a part of town where there is a shortage of quality food markets.

Neighborhood advocates like Solomon say they have tried to get city government to step in and help to try to get the absentee landlord, who is said to live in Washington D.C. to at least delay the closing until another store can open nearby.

Says Solomon, "We contacted the politicians, they don't want to be involved, they say they cannot do anything legally."

The owners say they are not so much worried about their future but what will happen to their older customers as cold winter weather approaches and it will be difficult for them to get out to shop.

Adds Meron, "I am not taking the outcome very well, I am praying for a miracle."

But time appears to be running out even for a miracle.  A spokesman for the Metro Council says the city's hands are tied in this instance.

But council members are looking into alternatives such as farmer's markets to bring fresh food to the Russell neighborhood.

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