Grocery Store Set To Open on Binghamton's North Side

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2009 at 11:16 PM EST

After years of living in a so called "Food Desert," a grocery store will soon open on the northside of Binghamton.

As Action News Reporter, Leigh Dana, tells us, It's a been a long awaited addition to the community.

Tears of Joy from neighbors to neighborhood leaders.

After 14 years without a supermarket, Save-A-Lot will be coming to the northside of Binghamton.

"It's really good. It's a great economic boost for the northside of Binghamton as well as the whole city of Binghamton," says Don Wilkins, who lives on the northside.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held here at 10-12 West State Street to officially mark the beginning of a new era.

"I'm ecstatic," exclaims Gloria Marshall who also lives on the northside.

She has been pushing for this to happen for years.

For more than a decade, Gloria had to take a taxi across town to buy her produce.

"It gets to be expensive depending on when you live on a fixed income."

But now Gloria and other neighbors will be able to save money and walk to the store.

"A lot of people in this area don't have cars and so it's just an all around thing that makes it fairer for every neighborhood to have access to good produce and vegetables," says Binghamton Mayor, Matt Ryan.

And once these doors do open, the developer is looking to hire from within the neighborhood to fill 25 jobs.

City Councilwoman, Lea Webb, has been efforting this project for the past 5 years, "This is truly a momentous occasion to celebrate the end of a 15 year food desert in the city of Binghamton."

A healthier taste for a salivating northside of the city.

In Binghamton, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

The Binghamton Local Development Corporation bought the property from McDonald's last week.

The site needs to be demolished before construction can begin in the spring.

Save-A-Lot is expected to open next fall.

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