The only grocery store in the East Chattanooga area, Save-A-Lot, has closed its doors after only two years in business.
City officials deemed the East Chattanooga area as a “food desert” due to the neighborhood’s lack of a full-service grocery store. In 2020, Save-A-lot opened to solve those issues.
Now, people in the neighborhood will have to go back to traveling to surrounding areas.
When the $2 million grocery opened, County Commissioner Warren Mackey said it was the culmination of a two-decade effort to get a grocery back into the community.