Think the “food desert” problem caused by the closure of the Aldis store on Western Avenue is cured now that the UFS store on Adams is now offering groceries?
If you live next door to the site of the former Aldis store at 725 N Western , you have to traabel seven miles to get to the UFS store’s mini grocery at 1800 S.W. Adams (according to Google Maps).
But there is only a five-mile distance between the same Aldis store and the already existing full service store, Kroger, at 3103 W Harmon Highway.
No doubt there are locations close to UFS that are closer to UFS than they are to Kroger, or any other store.
But methinks the UFS won’t be a cure for those on or near Western who have to walk or take cabs to shop for groceries.
More work is needed to end the “food desert” on Peoria’s south side.
If necessary, th city needs to lean on developers: No new strip malls in middle- or upper-class neighborhoods until someone locates a grocery store on Western.