Wednesday, October 27, 2010
DALLAS -- The readerboard outside Dallas Market in downtown Dallas says the long-standing grocery store will be closing its doors soon.
Owner Ken Mayer declined to comment on the closing, but said the market, located at 121 SW Oak St., could be shut down as early as this week.
The statement confirms an item in a monthly update on commercial district activity sent out by the city of Dallas on Friday, Oct. 22, that stated the market would be closing.
Mayer does not own the building, so the city is attempting to get in touch with the owner to inquire about plans, said Dallas City Planner John Swanson. The owner is listed as Crider Family Trust, according to the Polk County Assessor's Office records.
"Our goal will be to work with the owner to get that building on the market and occupied as soon as possible," Swanson said.
Swanson said he wasn't sure how long Dallas Market had been open at that location, but said it had been a grocery store under several different names for quite some time.
He said there is a possibility that another grocery store could set up shop in the location.
"That's our goal," Swanson said of the city. "We've been talking to other chains that have expressed an interest in coming to Dallas."
Swanson said the most often expressed concern was that Dallas already had two grocery stores and a Walmart.
The closing of Dallas Market may open the door to another chain moving in. Swanson said the city will look at the options closer once the building is vacant and the owner contacted.
The only other major grocery store inside Dallas city limits is Safeway, located at 138 W. Ellendale Ave.