FoodMaxx on Chester Avenue to close soon, affecting myriad area residents | News – Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield, California 2021-09-12 17:30:00 –

For eight years, James Hexon used a motorized wheelchair to move from his home in Oildale on Beardsley Avenue to the Food Maxx supermarket on the south side of Chester Avenue Bridge.

Despite about two miles round trip across the Kern River, Davis said the discount grocery store was the lifeline.

Now he is worried that his lifeline is being threatened.

Food Maxx’s parent company, The Save Mart Cos. Victoria Castro, a spokeswoman for, said:

The exact closure date has not yet been determined, Castro said in an email.

“By closing the FoodMaxx store on Chester Avenue, we’ll be able to reallocate resources and focus on the other two stores in the region,” she said. “We offer positions for all team members at nearby stores.

“The company has made a difficult business decision not to renew its lease for strategic reasons,” Castro said.

The remaining two stores are 4400 Ming Ave. in the southwestern part of the city and 6465 Niles St in East Bakersfield. It is in. The fourth Food Maxx, located on the southwest corner of Union Avenue and California Avenue, closed early last year, but was soon replaced by a supermarket opened by Santa Fe Springs-based Superior Grocers.

Many shoppers on Chester Avenue FoodMaxx want a happy ending.

“I heard that Superior might come here,” he said, packing groceries outside Food Maxx when he paused to talk to a reporter last week with his husband Matthew Stacky. Stacy Tate said.

“People need to know,” Sticky said of the pending closure.

“We need to make other arrangements,” he said. “Many people around here rely on this store.”

One day you can see a line of oildale residents — many can’t afford electric transport — cross the bridge to FoodMaxx and back. Often in the heat of 100 degrees or more.

The store has no frills, warehouse-style shelves, lack of meat and deli counter service, and concrete floors. But it boasts a strong produce section, bakery, and competitive prices.

“This is very disappointing news,” said Mike Maggard, Kern County Supervisor in the district, including Oildale.

“I often see people walking down the Chester Avenue Bridge with groceries,” he said.

For residents of the southern part of Oildale, traveling to the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at the northern end of the community is more than four miles one way, making it increasingly difficult for people like Hexon.

“I might have to go to Smart & Final now,” Hexon said of a store on Golden State Avenue near F Street.

But it’s about the same as Wal-Mart.

“I can’t do anything about it,” Hexon said, as a fever of 107 degrees beat him when he paused to speak on Beardsley Avenue.

Donna Cropton, who runs the non-profit Oildale community action team, seemed to blame shoplifters and tramps for the upcoming closure, at least in part.

“It really hit everyone after the relocation of Vons in North Chester,” she said.

“Recently, it’s hard for businesses to float because crimes and tramps are hanging out in front of the facility,” she said.

“We need to change the law. If we can get back to arresting shoplifters and prosecuting them for their crimes, we may be able to see some light.”

Maggard said he would ask Golden Empire Transit to arrange regular routes to and from the grocery store as one possible response to the closure.

“We will also talk to Khan Economic Development Corporation to see if we can enter another market there,” Maggard said of the Chester Avenue Center.

When FoodMaxx shopper Jojeania Corgiat loaded groceries into his car on Thursday, she responded more emotionally to the news of the closure.

“It makes me sad,” she said. “I’ve been here for about 20 years.”

Reporter Stephen Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @semayerTBC.

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