Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 11, 2012

Bluefield City Board calls for residents to “vote with their dollars.”

BLUEFIELD — Members of the Bluefield City Board unanimously passed a resolution this afternoon asking the owners of Food City and the owner of the Bluefield Plaza to attend a meeting next month to explain why the old Kroger store on Cumberland Road is still vacant.

The resolution asks Steve Smith, CEO of K-VA-T, the company that owns Food City, and Tom Lilly, co-owner of the Bluefield Plaza, to attend the Jan. 8, 2013 board meeting. The board’s members said the vacancy at Bluefield Plaza created when Kroger left the building has been harming Cumberland Road businesses, residents and the city as a whole.

Mayor Linda Whalen asked Bluefield’s residents to make Food City realize that the issue is important and will not go away. Many of Bluefield’s citizens shop at the Food City in Bluefield, Va.

“Our citizens have made the Food City a profitable business, but Food City is now doing harm to the citizens of Bluefield, W.Va.,” Whalen said.

One way to get the message across is to not shop at Food City, she stated.

“We’re just asking the citizens of Bluefield, W.Va. to vote with their dollars,” Whalen said.

For more on the impact of not having a grocery store on Cumberland Road, read Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit

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