In the fall of 2016, the organic food store at the corner of Main Street and West Grand Avenue, which has served the city of Spokane for almost three decades, will close its doors, said co-owner Jessica Schleicher.
In January, the city’s Food Bank, which operates the store, said it would close the store.
The stores last month announced that it would be closing the store because it is unable to continue to service the city, which is experiencing a shortage of fresh produce.
It was the fourth time in the last five years that the stores in Spokane had shut down due to financial issues.
“We are a family business that is 100% organic,” Schle, 44, said.
“We are not just a retail business, we are a food bank.
It is a difficult time.”
Schle said the decision to close the stores came about after the city reached a financial settlement with a local business owner, who has not been named.
“This is a very sad time for our city, because it’s a hard-hit city,” Schre said.
“It’s been a tough time for all of us.
We’re going through a financial crisis.
People are struggling, and we don’t have a lot of money,” she said.
Schle’s husband, Tom, said the loss of his business was a blow.
“I’ve never been so disappointed in my life.
There’s no way that I could be happier, or that my family could be more happy.
We’ve been a family here for nearly three decades.
We have had our ups and downs, but we’ve always been there for each other,” he said.
He said he plans to get his grocery store back up and running and to open another one in the next year or so.
He hopes to open a second location of his Organic Food store in the neighborhood.
The city and its food bank also are dealing with a growing number of food insecurity issues in Spokane, which had an overall food insecurity rate of over 40 percent in 2015.
The number of people in poverty has increased by nearly 30 percent over the past year.
In a February report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the number of homeless people in Spokane increased by 50 percent between the end of 2016 and March of this year.
According to a January report from Community Action Agency of the City of Spokane, there were 8,200 people in need of emergency shelter during that time, and another 5,400 people in shelters.
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