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R.I. Helps Replace Closed Grocery Store


Six or seven months after a grocery store closed in a low income area of Rock Island, the city will help replace it. Monday night the city council approved up to 50,000 dollars to help open a Save More Grocery Store in the 600 block of 26th Street. 

Chandler Poole, Rock Island's Director of Community and Economic Development, says it will replace a Save a Lot store.

"It's important to make sure that that area of town has easy access to a grocery store. The Save More will fill a need in that area and we wanted to make sure that the city was participating to make it easier for the operator to open the store."

Poole says the city will reimburse its portion of the Local Food and Beverage Tax for up to five years, or 50,000 dollars, which-ever comes first.

Save a Lot closed all of its stores last year, and Jaswinder Singh of Rock Island bought the properties in Rock Island, Davenport, and Milan. 

Save More is scheduled to open Wednesday, with 12 to 15 employees. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.