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      Business leaders working on a new tenant for Erie St. Market

      By year's end, downtown Toledo residents could have a convenient place to buy groceries.

      Executives with the Lucky's Market grocery chain have expressed interest in building a franchise in Toledo.

      Richard Rideout, who is a member of the Toledo Warehouse District Association, was part of the team that assembled a sales pitch to store executives. Rideout also hosted the president of Lucky's Market last week. "A week and a half ago, the president of Lucky's Market was in town; he liked Toledo, he liked what he saw," Mr. Rideout said.

      On Tuesday, Toledo city council approved Mayor D. Michael Collins' Capital Improvement Budget which included $250,000 for the Erie Street Market.

      Bill Burkett, Commissioner of Economic Development, says major repairs need to be made. "We have some parking issues to address if we want to put Lucky's Market in the south end of that facility," Mr. Burkett said.

      Burkett also says that the roof needs to be fixed and the building's heating and cooling needs to be repaired. He hopes a decision by Lucky's Market executives will be made before the end of the year.