Grocery store with few grocery choices has people wondering

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 10/07/2013 10:01 pm Published: 10/07/2013 9:49 pm

Some North Tulsa shoppers said they feel short-changed as shelves at the Gateway Market, near Pine and Peoria sit empty.

"Now one thing they had a good stock of chitterlings," said Kavin Ross.

Ross said selections have been limited for months.

"I went to look for potato salad," said Ross. "There were no potatoes, there was no salad. It was no potato salad."

Many shoppers told FOX23 they thought the store was closing. Ross didn't understand how the inside of Gateway Market looked more like a food desert.

"It looks like we're going downhill with this store," said Sandra Cornwell.

Management would not allow FOX23 to record video of barren shelves.

"Is the store closing?" said Ross. "Give us some answers."

In a phone conversation, general manager Cindy Perez said, "I'm not entirely sure what happened. We do have a big problem with theft. Just trying to play catch up and trying to get control of the situation and we'll be restocking around Thanksgiving."

"One display had empty beer boxes," said Ross.

Ross said the store's space has dwindled, and many vendors have left.

"I just wish they did have a good store in the area. There are enough people to have a good store," said Cornwell.

For now, some said they don't have a choice. They'll be taking their business elsewhere.

Perez is also asking customers to have patience with them, because their best interest is in the community and the store.

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billw001 - 10/26/2013 8:34 PM
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No big surprise considering the location.

Mayor Maynot - 10/17/2013 9:04 AM
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aqua02 ;-) If it's poor business practice then WHY do they have two other stores that are doing quite well. Read the daily blotter and you will see nearly every African American is charged with larceny of a retailer; along with whatever felony falls with that crime.

gettingby - 10/14/2013 9:25 AM
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It seems the community killed the goose that was willing to lay golden eggs. Until business is safe to do business, there will be no business growth in that area. The store was face up robbed shortly after opening, and shoplifting became commonplace. Folks, you have to police yourself and show pride in your community with honesty, discipline and cleanliness (think paint and fix up).

aqua02 - 10/8/2013 6:57 PM
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There is not that much theft in the world..before you assume theft is the issue, get the facts yourself..Perez got the money he wanted from grants, made a few TV appearances to look like he was doing something good, then got ghost. Of course management, his niece, is gonna say theft is the problem..point the finger at everything and everyone else except your poor business practices..geesh!

karlschneider - 10/8/2013 9:45 AM
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What? You mean there was a lot of shoplifting there? Shocked, I am, just Shocked. Nobody with a functioning brain expected anything different. When the clientele consists mostly of minimally evolved primates, stealing is normal behavior.

CowBot9000 - 10/8/2013 6:21 AM
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"I'm not entirely sure what happened. We do have a big problem with theft."
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