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New grocery store is a big boost for Ceredo

Feb. 11, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

Big box stores, suburban sprawl, online shopping -- take your pick.

There are many developments that have hurt the shopping districts of our smaller towns across the country. Some might call it progress, but it's not if you live there.

So, it is encouraging when local companies buck those trends and invest in our communities.

This week FoodFair announced that it will open its 15th supermarket location in Ceredo, a community that lost its grocery almost a decade ago when the Big Bear chain closed all of its stores in the region. City officials were so excited they gave FoodFair President Tim Forth a plaque and a key to the city -- and rightly so.

"The economic impact is certainly important," said Ceredo Mayor Otis Adkins. "But more than revenue, it's what it will do for the citizens."

Certainly, the new grocery means shopping convenience, but also it shores up a retail district that helps provide a sense of community. Experts also stress the importance of local groceries to a healthier diet. Today, too many small towns and rural areas have seen their food options reduced to what is available in the gas station or convenience store. Unfortunately, studies have shown that plays a role in the rising obesity epidemic.

Ceredo officials deserve a lot of credit for putting together an attractive plan, which included a $100,000 break on the store's business and occupation tax and working with the building owner on a viable plan for the space needed.

That investment will pay off with a stronger local economy and better quality of life for Ceredo.

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