A grocery store’s closure creates a food desert in Binghampton

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The only grocery store in a local neighborhood has closed its doors, leaving a huge void in the community.

The Binghampton Save- A- Lot’s closure comes after numerous stores have closed nationwide.

According to the Binghampton Development Corporation, the store failed to tap into the full market’s potential.

The store’s closure creates a food desert in Binghampton for the second time in a decade.

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“This is the only location a lot of people can get to especially if they don’t have a ride,” said Jennifer Gomez, shopper.

The closest grocery store is the Kroger off Union Avenue in Midtown, but that is more than three miles away.

"We have to do something as a group and as a community to keep these places open," Gomez said.

The store was open for two years.

The Binghampton Development Corporation said they were working with several national grocery wholesalers to fill this void in the near future.