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Giant Eagle in West Newton set to close next month

Giant Eagle in West Newton to close soon
Giant Eagle in West Newton to close soon 02:23

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Giant Eagle in West Newton will be closing its doors next month.

The independent owners, the Bingey family, have decided to retire and close the store located along Robertson Street. The family has owned the store since 1988. The last day of business will be Friday, June 23.

"Really devastated because I don't have a car and I go there every day to get food," Bill Praznick said. "There's a lot of people here that go there every day and have no way to get any other food." 

Once the lights go off, the closest supermarket is the Giant Eagle in Belle Vernon. The company says those using the pharmacy at the West Newton store won't see a change. The pharmacy will remain open. 

"We have a bus here that goes four days a week, but I don't know if they'd be able to even do that, get on a bus," Joanne McLay said. "We're really concerned." 

Mayor Mary Popovich also is concerned but tells me she is hopeful.

"I am pleased to announce I've had two pretty serious inquiries," Popovich said.

Popovich says she has interest from an entrepreneur who would like to keep the Giant Eagle while another party is looking at bringing in a different supermarket. Both of which, she says, Giant Eagle is open to.

She tells me she's made it her mission to not let her hometown become a food desert. 

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