For the first time in over 25 years, a grocery store is open on Binghamton’s North Side.
Greater Good Grocery opened this morning on the ground floor of the $20.5 million Canal Plaza mixed use building at 435 State Street. The City’s North Side has been without a grocery store since the grand Union left the Binghamton Plaza in 1996. Binghamton Mayor Rich David and State Senator Fred Akshar joined the Broome County Council of Churches Executive Director Joseph Sellepack for the grand opening.
The store is operated by the Broome County Council of Churches and is modeled after Bargain Grocery, a social purpose grocery store in Utica. Greater Good has an agreement with Bargain Grocery to receive guidance and use their supply chain which will allow them to acquire and sell products at a lower cost than big-box grocers. Profits from the store support other efforts by the Council of Churches to address food insecurity across the community.
“We have this beautiful space now that’s been sweated over, prayed for, hoped for, dreamed about for 3 and a half years on my part,” says Broome County Council of Churches Executive Director Dr. Joseph Sellepack. “Just imagine what it’s like for the community that’s been waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and finally we’re open.”
About half the residents in Census Tract 5 where the store is located live in poverty including 65 percent of children.
Buildout and equipment costs were funded by a number of community partners including $150,000 in Community Development Block grant funds from the City of Binghamton, $150,000 in Dormitory Authority of the State of New York funds secured by Senator Fred Akshar and a $150,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission secured by Congressman Anthony Brindisi and Antonio Delgado.
The Binghamton store employs a lead manager, 2 associate managers and 8 associates.
Greater Good Grocery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
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