WATCH: John Legend announces free shuttle service after Kroger closure in Springfield

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Springfield native John Legend has announced a free shuttle service that will begin running after Kroger on South Limestone closes its doors on Wednesday.

The shuttle service will be run by The Abilities Connection, a Springfield based non-profit organization, and the City of Springfield, Legend said in a video posted by TAC on Monday morning.

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In addition to the shuttle service, Legend also announced he will be partnering with city officials to come up with a more permanent solution to the grocery chain closure.

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“I recently learned that the last remaining grocery store on the south side of Springfield is pulling out of their location, creating a food desert in a part of town where a lot of folks that I know live, including some of my family,” Legend said. “So I am volunteering to work with city officials, like Mayor Warren Copeland and others, to bring a solution.”

Shuttles will begin running on Saturday, March 7 and will pick residents up in the Kroger parking lot on South Limestone. Residents will then be driven to the Kroger located on East Main Street, Legend said.

Hours for the shuttle are; Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

“Please know that Springfield and I are doing what we can to bring a grocery back to the southside. My hope is there is some good news sometime soon,” Legend said.

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