Grocery opening soon in Cadiz

GROCERY STORE TO OPEN — Before closing earlier this year, Coffey’s grocery store was the place most residents in the Cadiz area went for fresh groceries. -- Dylan McKenzie

CADIZ — The village of Cadiz soon will welcome a grocery store to the community once again, nearly a year after losing the only supermarket in town.

Coffey’s grocery store, a longtime staple in the village, closed suddenly in February, leaving residents without a source of fresh groceries. Residents have had to travel up to half an hour away for groceries to stores in St. Clairsville, Wintersville or New Philadelphia. Some relief came in August with a small store selling produce, meat and cheese opened.

Mike Sliva, president of the Cadiz Community Improvement Corp., said relief soon may be on the horizon. Sliva confirmed the former Coffey’s building was purchased by Sander’s Markets, a chain that has several stores in Pennsylvania and New York.

Sliva noted the company recently purchased four stores from Thornes Co. Stores, including the Coffey’s location in Cadiz. The deal has been in the works for several months, it was noted.

Sliva said workers already have been inside the former Coffey’s location, cleaning it up and preparing it to open for customers in the near future. He said that Sander’s has “tentatively announced” the store opening in the first quarter of 2018.

“It is very nice that we will have a grocery store back in town,” Sliva said. “For the elderly and some residents, it’s hard to travel out of the area.”