Residents sign petition to save Pleasant Ridge businesses

PLEASANT RIDGE, OH (FOX19) - Some Pleasant Ridge business owners and residents are signing petitions and joining a Facebook group to save their local businesses from being taken over by Walgreens.

Walgreens is hoping to buy several properties at Montgomery and Ridge Roads and remove many local businesses including Everybody's Records and the Gas Light Cafe.

"We've been here for a long time, we feel we've built a pretty strong relationship with the community.  We bring viable customers here for other stores, to shop. So we think if Walgreens gets it, you know all of that's gonna go away, we have a ton of empty storefronts now," said Patrick Dorsey, manager of Everybody's Records.

The owner of the store says Walgreens called him several weeks ago but he doesn't want to sell. A council member told FOX19 some other property owners have agreed to sell.

The petition received five pages of signatures in six hours and the Facebook page dedicated to saving the Gas Light Café and Everybody's Records received more than 1,700 'likes' in its first day.

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