JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- An edible cookie dough store is coming to the Oakdale Mall.
A Buffalo man started Dough Life, and now franchise stores are popping up across the state. Now thanks to a Binghamton University graduate who is originally from Turkey, Dough Life is coming to the Southern Tier.
"He came up with a great recipe that makes cookie dough safe to eat, without eggs, without baking soda," Ali Saracoglu, the Johnson City franchise owner said. "I'm sure there is no single person in the town who didn't lick the bowl when they were a kid."
Saracoglu decided to bring the store to the Oakdale Mall, which has seen multiple businesses leave in the past year including Macy's, Sears, and soon to be Bon-Ton.
"We had the idea of opening a location in Binghamton for a while now, I had a couple location ideas in mind, I did think of the university plaza, campus plaza," Saracoglu explained. "I constantly see news about stores leaving the mall and I see people are getting upset when I go on Facebook or other source of social media I see people are expecting one day a bulldozer is gonna come and just demolish the mall and its gonna go out of business, and I wanted to show people there is also business coming into the mall and it's still alive."
Saracoglu is excited to bring something he's passionate about to the area, as he gets ready to scoop the dough at a mall he wants to support.
"From what I see the community is supporting it," Saracoglu said. "We are looking to open early June, end of May, there will be an official announcement for our grand opening on Dough Life's Facebook page, and we are planning on giving the first 30 customers a free scoop of dough."
The store is currently hiring. Saracoglu said he'll probably need about 10 to 14 employees including crew members, shift leaders and managers.