Residents in northern KY upset to be losing only neighborhood grocery store

NKY grocery store closing

DAYTON, KY (FOX19) - A neighborhood grocery store has announced it is shutting its doors, leaving many concerned about how they are going to get food on a day-to-day basis.

The ownership of Riverside Market has changed over the years, but the one thing that has stayed the same for the past two decades is that Dayton-area residents were only steps away from fresh food and produce.

“I walk down there on a daily basis and it was some of the best deli meats and butcher meats and bakery goods around town,” said Jason Muchmore, a regular shopper.

On Monday, Muchmore learned that the Riverside Market will soon close.

“The rumor was going around that they were closing but when they finally made it official today it was a sad day in the whole neighborhood,” said Muchmore.

It's not just the cuts of meat that keeps shoppers coming back day after day it's the convenient access.

“There’s a lot of people not just on this street in these boarding communities, Dayton over here and Bellevue. A lot of people do not have vehicles right now. I’m one of them. My vehicle is broke down in the shop and I have to walk to the grocery store,” said Muchmore.

Once Riverside Market shuts its doors the next closest grocery store will be about 2 miles away in Bellevue. We spoke with the co-owner of Riverside Market, Nick Vaghela, who says they are left with few options.

"We are not surviving. We have too much expenses and we're not getting much money," said Vaghela.

He says when he took over ownership last year the store was bringing in close to $13,000 daily. Now he says their sales have dropped nearly 50 percent.

Vaghela says that they are considering using some of the space to open a liquor store with a few essential items.

However Betty Allan, who also walks to the store often doesn’t like that option and doesn’t want to have to walk 2 miles to buy her groceries in Bellevue.

“I watch my grandson on a daily basis so I need to keep bread, milk and cereal and all that stuff in the house all the time. They need a store here,” said Allan.

The co-owner of Riverside Market says that currently they do not have firm date of when they are planning to shut down permanently. Many in the community are hoping that someone steps in and buys the business to keep it running as a grocery store.

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