‘I know it’s about discrimination’: South Side aldermen upset grocery store closings leaving them without fresh food options


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South Side aldermen upset grocery store closings leaving them without fresh food options 02:25

CHICAGO (CBS) — A big push to address food insecurity in Chicago.

Aldermen are calling the exodus of certain stores in their neighborhoods discriminatory. They are now coming together to demand solutions.

CBS 2’s Steven Graves tells us how ultimately, neighbors are the ones who are suffering.

When grocery stores close on the South Side, community-led markets like on in Englewood become essential.

“It’s just important for people to know there are places like this to use your LINK card.”

The sudden shuttering of ALDI in Auburn Gresham leaves community outreach worker Elida Benavides baffled.

“Where do we go? The groceries are so important to the neighborhood,” Elida Benavides said.

Thursday, fed-up South Side aldermen calling the move part of a disinvestment pattern by corporations.

“It was unfair. It was unthoughtful.”

After Englewood’s Whole Foods announced closing in April ,16th Ward Alderman Stephanie Coleman said she’s still unclear on when the doors will shut.

David Moore (17th) claimed to have helped ALDI with security and retail, before it shut down last week due to what it called “poor sales and repeated crime.”

“It’s about discrimination. If their lease goes to December, why are the heck are closing it,” asked Moore.

Last year, an ALDI in West Garfield Park also abruptly clo…

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