Nearly a quarter-century after its last supermarket closed, a Binghamton neighborhood will soon have a grocery store.

Greater Good Grocery at the newly-constructed Canal Plaza on the North Side is expected to open in the next couple of months.

The Broome County Council of Churches is overseeing the store project. Council executive director Joseph Sellepack said the COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in getting the store ready to open.

Delivery of refrigerators, freezers and checkout equipment has been held up.

The new North Side grocery store will be located on the street level of the Canal Plaza complex. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Sellepack would like the 5,000-square-foot store at 435 State Street to open by Thanksgiving but he said it may not be operational until mid-December.

The store will carry basic food items including dairy, produce, bread and meat. It will not sell things like beer and cigarettes.

The neighborhood has been without a convenient place to buy groceries since a Grand Union store in the Binghamton Plaza closed in 1996. A Great American store had operated until 1993 at the site of the new Canal Plaza redevelopment project.

The first residents of the Canal Plaza apartments moved in less than two weeks ago.

A view inside the future Greater Good Grocery in Binghamton on October 7, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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