The first major grocery store to open in the area is in the works, with the first two stores opening in South Central.
The first two South Central locations will be open by the end of the year.
“We’re very excited to bring this to South Central,” said Jeff Johnson, chief operating officer for the Central Ohio Regional Chamber of Commerce.
This location is a good location because it is close to where I grew up,” said Joanne Ritchie, who has lived in the Central OH region for almost 50 years.
I like that they have a nice space, and the employees are friendly and helpful,” she said.
At this point, there are no plans to expand the store.
While Johnson says the store is small, he says it is not the size of a typical grocery store.
“It’s not a big deal,” he said.
“It’s a lot of different types of things.
It’s not like you have a lot in one store, so you can just get a little bit of everything.
A large store that has a lot more of different items and different prices, that’s a good store.
You get to see everything that’s out there.”
In a sign of how far South Central has come, the first of two grocery stores has been approved by the state to open.
The two stores will open in downtown Cleveland near the Ohio State University.
South Central Health Care is the second health care provider to open a grocery store in the region.
In 2015, the South Central Health Center opened in downtown Dayton.