Newly renovated grocery store unable to take EBT benefits; Owner says red tape blocks resolution

Customers of a newly renovated downtown grocery store are being denied the ability to use EBT or SNAP benefits to pay for their groceries.

This happened at the Stop-N-Save on West Third Street in Dayton.

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Co-owner Joe Abboud and his family have been in their spot since 1997. He said he feels victimized, running into problems when they briefly closed to renovate and upgrade the store.

“They came to do the inspection, we weren’t open, the door was closed,” Abboud said.

The store closed for renovations just before Christmas, re-opening on March 5. The problem is the person assigned to do his annual, unannounced inspection for their renewal of continuing EBT apparently showed up on Dec. 27.

“There was no phone calls, there was no letters, there was nothing,” he told News Center 7.

Abboud just happened to spot an email that informed him he was losing his EBT benefits. He emailed back, began calling, and claimed he ran into a bureaucratic nightmare. He provided information and was always asked for more.

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