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Grocery store to open on Binghamton's northside

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Binghamton Mayor Rich David and Senator Fred Akshar joined officials from the Broome County Council of Churches to announce plans for a grocery store on the city's north side Thursday. 

The grocery store is set to be on the ground floor of Canal Plaza, the mixed-used development that's currently under construction. 

“After more than 20 years without a grocery store, North Side residents will finally have a place in their neighborhood to shop for fresh produce, meats, dairy and other grocery needs — all at an affordable price,” said Mayor Richard C. David. 

“As a social purpose grocery store, the business will reinvest profits to support programs and services provided by the Council of Churches and CHOW, which fights food insecurity across Broome County.

North side residents said they're excited to hear the news because a grocery store in their neighborhood is needed. 

"l love everything CHOW does but the grocery store is needed so much more because its able to provide everything we need instead of just the small amount they bring on the bus," said Melinda Weitzel, a north side resident.

“This is a game changer for residents who need access to affordable food and will assist Council of Churches’ programs in meeting human needs. It is yet another avenue to help us put a stop to hunger in our area,” said Dr. Joseph Sellepack, Executive Director of the Broome County Council of Churches.

According to the city, the 5,083-square-foot store will provide North Side residents and the broader community with affordable healthy foods, focusing primarily on access to fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy products. 

According to Mayor David, the buildout and equipment costs are funding by a coalition of community partners, including $150,000 each from the city and from Senator Akshar.