DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The city of Dallas has already invested millions in subsidizing a grocery store in what's called a "food desert" in the city. Now, the operators of that store are asking the city for more money.
A "food desert" is defined by some a spot in an urban area where there are no grocery stores, and no good places to buy food. Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson says a Save-A-Lot store the city spent nearly $3 million to subsidize is almost ready to open in south Dallas.
"This is one of the areas that was a food desert" said Wilson. "One thing that I impress on the community, advocating for, is that this store remains."
Now the operator of the Save-A-Lot wants $20,000 more for the store at Bonnie View Rd and Simpson Stuart Rd, to build a wall between the store and the neighboring apartment complex, which is considered a high-crime location.
Some Council Members, like Rickey Callahan, think the city has already given enough money to the store.
"Just to be clear, when this item came up, we voted out of this committee to unanimously support $2.8 million, so it's not like we're not doing some heavy lifting already" said Callahan. "We just need to draw the line at some point, and not have an open checkbook."
Dallas had to do a lot to persuade the store to open the location. The council agreed to buy the spot, and let Save-a-Lot out of the deal if the store isn't meeting it's projected gross sales goals within five years.
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