4/18/2017 3:44:00 PM Bulldozing away a food desert... Construction of new Campbell's Market grocery store underway
Crews from Muskingum Site Services in Zanesville are now moving dirt preparing the site for the 12,000-square-foot building and new parking lot which will be the site of the new Campbell’s Market grocery store in McArthur. (Telegram Photos By Red Thompson, Jr.)
The food-desert days in Vinton County are growing short as construction activity began Monday morning, April 17 on Campbell's Market in McArthur.
The much anticipated new grocery store will be serving McArthur and Vinton County. Crews from Muskingum Site Services in Zanesville are now moving dirt preparing the site for the 12,000-square-foot building and new parking lot, which is located on U.S. Route 50 next to Vinton County High School.
An official groundbreaking event was held March 20, and despite heavy rains, a large crowd turned out for the ceremonial and celebratory event. Now, the real work is beginning as the owners of the store will be Rick Campbell, Sr., Rick Campbell, Jr. and Mike Campbell. The store is expected to open in the fall and will have a full line of meats, vegetables, and grocery staple items and will end a period of four years in which there was no full-scale grocery store in the county.
There were many partners in what turned out to be a four-year effort, including: State Representative Ryan Smith, the Ohio Healthy Food Finance Fund, Vinton County Commissioners Mike Bledsoe, Tim Eberts, Mark Fout and former Vinton County Commissioner Jerry Zinn, the Ohio State Extension Office, McArthur Mayor Kim Wortman and Village Council and the Board of Public Affairs, and the Vinton County Middle School Beta Club.
One person who is very excited about the groundbreaking is local real estate broker Carol Dodrill who played a key role in keeping the spotlight on the food desert issue. She left little doubt about how she feels about the construction starting.
"I am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled," said Dodrill. "It is a big day for our county and for the Campbell family." She adds the food-desert days are winding down quickly and McArthur is growing again.
Indeed, Campbell's is the latest business to open in west McArthur, a development trend that started when the high school opened in 2000. Since 2000, what was once a vacant area is now home to RC Quickstop, McDonald's, and Dettwiller True Value Hardware Store.
The new store will be Campbell's Market's third store with the others being in Zanesville and Duncan Falls, Ohio. The construction also marks the beginning of the Cherry Lane Development Business Circle that will be owned by Athens businessman and Vinton County native Emmett Conway, Jr.
Vinton County Commissioner Mike Bledsoe stated he is excited and noted, "This day has been a long day coming."