Proposed grocery store would eliminate food desert on north side of Binghamton, says mayor

Monica Sandreczki
July 31, 2014

The City of Binghamton and a developer plan to build a $4 million grocery store and shopping center on the city’s north side.

The closest grocery store is 0.8 miles away. Mayor Rich David says the new store would eliminate a food desert in this part of the city.

“It’s located off a major thoroughfare with regards to traffic and ease of entrance here into the Big Lots plaza and, of course, we are essentially surrounded by neighborhoods on three sides of this plaza," says David. "So, we do believe from a geographic and strategic standpoint, locating it here, in this plaza, we’ll be able to service the needs of the entire neighborhood of the north side.”

Binghamton-based developer Xirred is planning to open the store in a long-vacant building on the corner of West State Street and North Way Street.

The city is applying for a $500,000 state grant to rehab the building.

The developers say the deal is not dependent on the grant. But they are waiting to finalize deals with national chains for the rest of the plaza.

If the deal is sealed, construction is scheduled for completion this spring.