Barksdale Market set to reopen as Cooper-Young Deli Mart

By Emily Bishop

Roosevelt Bowles and James Jordan are the new owners of the old Barksdale Market at the corner of Barksdale and Nelson. They plan to reopen the store as the Cooper-Young Deli Mart. Mr. Bowles and Mr. Jordan contacted the CYCA and asked to meet and talk about problems that the residents have had with the previous store. CYCA Community Director Maggie Cardwell, President Debbie Sowell, and several board members met and did just that.

Debbie reviewed the problems that we have had with the previous owners and expressed a desire to see a business at that location that would be an asset to the community. Crime, litter, and loiters were among the issues that were covered. Increasing the visibility of inside the store from the street was discussed as a way to make the shoppers safer, as well. A security guard on site at all times is planned to provide an extra protection for the shoppers. They are going to apply for a permit to sell beer but have agreed to not sell single beers or single cigarettes.

The Cooper-Young Deli Mart plans to offer everyday items that residents need but don’t want to wait until they make their regular trip to the grocery store to get, much like what the old store carried. They also plan to offer deli sandwiches and sausage and biscuits along with fresh coffee every morning. They hope to open by late March or early April, but the winter weather has delayed the owner of the building from moving the old merchandise out so that they can start working on the space. Signs notifying the residents that the business has applied for a beer permit will be posted in the windows with the date of when they go before the alcohol commission. Residents will have an opportunity to support or oppose this application. The CYCA wants to hear from the residents, so please let us know your opinions, concerns, and questions. Email info@cooperyoung.org or call 901-272-2922 with your feedback.

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