It Once Was Marsh, Now It Will Be Safeway in Beech Grove
BEECH GROVE, Ind. -- Amid concerns of a food desert in Beech Grove, the Marsh in the area will re-open as a Safeway grocery store, officials announced Monday.
In May, Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley said the closing of the city's supermarket could cause major problems in the area.
“That would be considered a food desert, there's nowhere to go to get food, they're going to have to rely on transportation,” Buckley said in May. “Most of these people live in the general area of the store, that causes a problem.”
The next closest store similar to the Marsh at 1815 Albany Street is a Walmart – about 2 miles away. Buckley said if Marsh stores close, he wants to find a replacement store.
The Beech Grove location will be Safeway's sixth store.
Safeway representatives said 98 percent of the Marsh employees have been re-hired to the Safeway location. There will be a job fair for new employees Thursday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. to fill about 20 more employees.