CINCINNATI - Goessling's Market-Clifton, formerly the Keller's IGA, will begin construction on a new roof and interior next week, 9 On Your Side confirmed Thursday.
The store has closed on their construction loan, and expects workers to be at the 312 Ludlow Avenue location as early as Monday.
The store's re-opening was originally scheduled for January 2013, but was delayed after issues with getting an approved loan from the city while they worked with the Grow America Fund to get the money, who specialize in lending to small businesses.
Owner Steve Goessling told 9 On Your Side Thursday he's glad and anxious now that the store will begin the process of construction.
The target date for the store's opening is about May 17, 10 days before Memorial Day, according to Goessling.
Goessling had told 9 On Your Side in September 2012 that he had a verbal commitment from the city to loan him $550,000, which he would add to a bank loan to get renovations, including a deli and a coffee bar underway. Goessling has not yet confirmed the official closing amount of the loan.
Goessling expressed his excitement to 9 On Your Side Thursday, saying the store will be much more of a "neighborhood"-oriented grocery store.
Keller's IGA was originally closed by the state of Ohio in January 2011 after it fell behind on its taxes. Then-owner John Vierling owed about $180,000 in taxes and an additional $90,000 in penalty fees. He made unsuccessful pleas to Gov. John Kasich to waive the penalties and setup a payment plan.
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