More funding has been secured to help open the grocery store on Binghamton’s north side. Congressmen Anthony Brindisi and Antonio Delgado announced on Tuesday that they had secured a $150,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for the project. Brindisi and Delgado say that $150,000 will be matched with local money, bringing the total to $300,000.
The city announced the food market project last year. The store will be run by CHOW in the former Big Lots plaza on the north side. The area was previously designated as a food desert, with no grocery store available to residents unless they traveled to a different section of the city.
CHOW says the proceeds from the grocery store will be rolled into other aspects of their program, providing food and other assistance to residents who need it.
Work on the former Big Lots plaza started in 2018, with the construction of affordable housing units. The grocery store will go in commercial space on the lower level.