Breaking Ground for New Store

By Matt Markham

June 7, 2011 Updated Jun 7, 2011 at 5:45 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A familiar sight on Binghamton's West Side is getting a facelift, or something along the lines of a complete makeover.

You've probably seen construction crews at the Foundry Plaza near Price Chopper and you'll likely see more over the next few months.

Price Chopper representatives joined others from the City of Binghamton to break ground on a new supermarket Tuesday.

The store that's there now is more than twenty years old and the company is building a 52,000 square foot store near the current Price Chopper.

The new store will be roughly the same size.

The total project will cost between $7 and $8 million, which is estimated to be less than the cost of remodeling the current store.

The chain says it will offer customers more services than the store has now, including employment opportunities.

"Right now, this store employs about 185 people," said Neil Golub, CEO of Price Chopper. "We expect we'll end up in the neighborhood of about 225 people. So, there will be a lot of new jobs."

Price Chopper expects this store to be open for business in about 6 months. Until then, the older store will remain open.

Price Chopper is also building a new store, at a new location, on Route 12A in Chenango Bridge. The corporation says -- despite some delays in the winter -- it will open late this summer.

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