Greer’s Food Tiger closure raises concerns in Heidelberg

Updated: Feb. 22, 2019 at 6:18 PM CST
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HEIDELBERG, MS (WDAM) - People are sounding off about the closure of the only grocery store in Heidelberg.

“I’m shocked,” said Jasper County resident Donna Page after learning that Greer’s Food Tiger shut down. “Every community needs its own grocery store.”

Greer’s, which has operated in the town since 1980, announced the closure on Facebook saying, “We pray the best for Heidelberg. We thank you for the opportunity to serve you all.”

“I’m concerned about the disabled and the elderly,” Page said. “A lot of people don’t have transportation, or they have to pay someone to bring them to the store.”

A quick search on Google maps shows that Bay Springs or Laurel have the closest markets.

“For you to have to go out of the county 20 miles or plus is just ridiculous,” Page said.

State Sen. Juan Barnett, who represents Jasper County, shares the same concerns as Page. But, he said there’s no immediate remedy to the problem. However, he said town leaders hope to bring in new business soon.

“We are actively trying to look for another grocery to come into Heidelberg,” Barnett said.

Barnett said the relationship between the grocer and the community is vitally important, as well as residents choosing to shop locally.

“When we don’t shop locally, when we tend to spend our money in other places, businesses can’t operate on nothing,” Barnett said. “So, it has to be a cooperation where the business has to work with the community and the community has to work with our businesses.”

Page urges residents to step up to the plate.

“So, now it’s time for the community to come together and see what we can do to help,” Page said.

WDAM reached out to Heidelberg Mayor Wilbert Carr but did not receive an immediate response. The property owner said the building where Greer’s once stood is currently for lease or sale.

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