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Two longstanding Tuscaloosa grocery stores are closing their doors and reopening as something new later this year.

The Vowell's Fresh Market in Cottondale and the Vowell's Cash Saver on Skyland Boulevard are both closing to make way for Fresh Value Marketplace stores, a small, Alabama-based grocery store chain opened by the D'Alessandro family.

The Tuscaloosa locations will be the eighth and ninth Fresh Value stores, owner Gerry D'Alessando told the Tuscaloosa Thread.

"We noticed that it was an underserved market and we thought that we can bring a better experience to both those locations than was previously there," owner of Fresh Value Marketplace, Gerry D'Alessandro said.

D'Alessandro said that the new stores will offer fresh meat and produce at competitive prices. D'Alessandro Enterprises LLC opened a Fresh Value Marketplace in Gadsden in November and has always looked to set up shop in the Druid City.

"Tuscaloosa has always been an area that I wanted to get to after I bought my first store about seven years ago," D'Alessandro said. "We're now getting ready to open up our ninth location -- we've been adding one or two a year."

Stay connected to The Tuscaloosa Thread for more updates as they become available.

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