The issue of a grocery store in north-Central Regina is being raised again in the wake of 7-11 closing down its location on Dewdney Avenue.
Some are upset with the closure saying that is where they purchased a number of grocery items and that while there are other places to get what is needed, a full-fledged grocery store would ease a lot of concern.
The executive director of the North Central Community Association is Murray Giesbrecht. He said it is not easy for some in North Central to get groceries.
“Many people here walk or ride bikes for the means of transportation, and having to go to grocery stores outside of the community makes transporting groceries quite difficult, certainly in poor weather,” Giesbrecht said. “Also some people do take taxis, and that also adds significantly to their costs of getting groceries.”
Giesbrecht said having an established franchise set up shop in North-Central would be a real plus.
“In doing that, there would also be an opportunity to employ people from the community as well, so that way there is a community sense of ownership, and that resources are continually put back into th community.”
Giesbrecht said North Central has a population of around 11,000; about the size of Weyburn, meaning there is a tremendous need for a grocery store.