Clifton Gaslight Market may open as soon as early 2013

Clifton residents are close to being able to shop at a newly remodeled grocery store that has taken the place of Keller’s IGA after its closure in 2011. Although work on reopening the neighborhood grocery store had been delayed, Steve Goessling, who purchased the struggling store after it closed, is close to winning approval of a crucial development loan package that will relaunch the store with an expanded food selection more tuned to the neighborhoods needs. More from the Cincinnati Enquirer:

If all goes as planned, Goessling will accomplish a feat far more amazing than simply opening a new neighborhood market. He’ll prove that big things can happen when a business, a city and its people give their time, energy and money to a common cause, even in the worst economy. In this case, Goessling will bring back the fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, wines and beers that neighborhood shoppers sorely miss. He’ll return a business district anchor, recreate the neighborhood’s chief gathering place and likely make a nice living for himself, too.

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  • zschmiez

    Please make note of the hoops Steve has had to jump through for financing, for a store that residents utilized and drove demand prior to closing (due to disrepair).

    Meanwhile rumor has it the city is bending over backwards to persuade Kroger to redevelop KroGhetto on Vine by campus with tons of tax incentives.

    Seems like the playing field isn’t level.

    • That’s an interesting point. I suspect you can find the incentives, if any, offered by the City of Cincinnati to Kroger for the Corryville redevelopment since it is pretty much already underway.

      To be honest, I have not been following it that closely ever since Kroger abandoned their urban store concept and went with a traditional suburban model in the heart of the city…complete with a large surface parking lot and all.

    • Zachary Schunn

      pretty much already underway”

      Actually, still delayed until 2015 as far as I’ve heard.

      Due to lease issues, mainly. Kroger, Anchor, and everyone else are ready to get the site moving.