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Apopka considers moratorium on new discount stores amid ‘food desert’


The town of Apopka is the latest community to question the growth of low cost discount stores. Greg Fox of WESH 2 examines stores that may have very low prices, but might leave some with no cars. He goes to the food store in Apopka. Closest to it is a Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and other deeper discount stores have prepackaged foods, like cold cuts, pizza, and they have milk, butter, and cheese, but no fresh products. This means that there is no fresh meat: pork, poultry and fish. Charles wishes there was a grocery store, Sandra Woodson agrees. “Especially if you consider your seniors too. Because they may not have transportation with buses or even a car,” Woodson said. The growth of dollar style stores is astounding. There are over 30,000 locations in the United States. The one on Piedmont-Wekiva Road and Highway 436 will soon open. This is one of a dozen in Apopka. In South Apopka, along Highway 441, they have a Dollar Tree. Along the line, about 100 yards, there is a Family Dollar, which is owned by Dollar Tree, but has several prices. More and more dollar stores serving communities that had grocery stores are creating what some call food desserts which means there is a lack of affordable fresh food in the area. Mayor Bryan Nelson said they are trying to get rid of these food deserts. Nelson and Apopka’s council authorized the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would impose a moratorium on new dollar-type stores for six months to give the city a chance to determine whether it wishes to allow more stores to the future. Act between, you know, the rights to build whatever you want and the opportunity for new products? ”Nelson asked. Pharmacies, which also sell prepackaged food, would be exempt from the moratorium. The vote is set for August 4.

The town of Apopka is the latest community to question the growth of low cost discount stores.

Greg Fox of WESH 2 examines stores that may have very low prices, but could leave some communities without essential food choices.

Charles Barns does not have a car. He goes to the food store in Apopka. The closest to him is a Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and other discount stores have prepackaged foods, like cold cuts, pizza, and they have milk, butter, and cheese, but no fresh produce. This means that there is no fresh meat: pork, poultry and fish.

Charles would like there to be a grocery store.

Sandra Woodson agrees.

“Especially if you consider your seniors too. Because they might not have transportation on buses or even a car,” Woodson said.

The growth of dollar style stores is astounding. There are over 30,000 locations in the United States.

The one on Chemin Piedmont-Wekiva and Highway 436 will soon open. This is one of a dozen in Apopka.

In South Apopka, along Highway 441, they have a Dollar Tree. Along the line, about 100 yards, there is a Family Dollar, which is owned by Dollar Tree, but has several prices.

More and more dollar stores that serve communities that had grocery stores are creating what some call food desserts, meaning there is a lack of affordable fresh food in the area.

Mayor Bryan Nelson said they are trying to get rid of these food deserts.

The Nelson and Apopka council authorized the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would impose a moratorium on new dollar-type stores for six months to give the city a chance to determine whether it wishes to allow more stores to the to come up.

“What’s the balance between, you know, the rights to build whatever you want and the opportunity for new products? Nelson asked.

Pharmacies, which also sell prepackaged food, would be exempt from the moratorium.

The vote is set for August 4.


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