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Food Lion closings to expand Chattanooga area ‘food deserts’

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Ernie Simpson exits the Wilcox Boulevard Food Lion late Thursday morning. The Food Lion store is closing, which will create an even larger "food desert" in East Chattanooga and North Brainerd. / Dan Henry. Chattanooga Times Free Press. Ernie Simpson exits the Wilcox Boulevard Food Lion late Thursday morning. The Food Lion store is closing, which will create an even larger "food desert" in East Chattanooga and North Brainerd. / Dan Henry. Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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(Times Free Press) - It takes hours for thousands of Chattanoogans to get to the grocery store.

With Food Lion shutting down seven of its eight Chattanooga-area stores, that number is only going to rise.

"It's going to be horrible," said Angela Henry, a Harriet Tubman housing development resident.

Every time Henry wants to get groceries for her 5- and 6-year-old grandchildren she has to find someone to watch them, then pay $4 for an hour or more of bus rides to get to the nearest Food Lion on Wilcox Boulevard. She can only buy as many groceries as she can carry, or else she must call a cab and pay even more for a ride home.

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