BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton’s north side will be home to a grocery store for the first time in two decades. The grocery store, operated by Council of Churches, will offer food staples and produce at a bargain rate.
Joe Sellepack, Executive Director of Council of Churches, said the project will be complete by spring 2020. In the meantime, he said he’s raising more money for the $900,000 project.
“We have enough in hand that we’re sure it’s gonna happen,” Sellepack said.
Located on 435 State St., the grocery store will serve 12,400 who live on Binghamton’s north side. Even if you don’t live in that area or have certain income you can still shop there.
“It’s a community-wide grocery store and if people want to go to it, there’s no stipulations at all,” Sellepack said.
Every dollar spent at the grocery store will return back to the community.
“Profits that come out of the grocery store are going to get rolled into the Emergency Food Program,” Sellepack said.
We reported in fall 2018 on the future grocery store once being a manufacturing site and part of a state brownfield cleanup, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website. NYSDEC reported high levels of heavy metals and nuisance petroleum impacts.
“The developers and the architects have assured that the brownfield issues are being taken into consideration,” Sellepack said.