City councilman: Neighborhood wants access to food options, not car dealership

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NEW ROCHELLE -

A New Rochelle Stop & Shop is preparing to shut down next year, much to the chagrin of some community members.

The supermarket could be replaced with an Audi car dealership.

Tyrone Nelson has been a loyal Stop & Shop customer at the New Roc City location for decades and is sad to see it go.

“Car dealerships ain’t doing us no good. We can't afford cars down here, these people just want to shop here,” he says.

 In order for that to happen, City Council must change the zoning laws.  On Tuesday, the Council abruptly shelved the legislation for the time being.

“We want the city staff to go back and figure out our options are, what our best options are, and if there are alternatives to bringing the supermarket downtown,” says City Councilman Jared Rice.

Rice says he wants to do what's best for the city and the neighborhood, and so far the neighborhood is saying that they need easy access to food options.

The mayor's office released a statement saying in part, "The city has a responsibility to consider proposals and make decisions regarding zoning and land use that most fully benefits the community. Regarding this property, the city is still evaluating and has not reached a decision at this time."

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