Closure of Another Upstate New York Supermarket Leaves ‘Food Desert’

Residents in Upstate New York are facing a sudden scramble as another supermarket in the area unexpectedly shuts down.

Late in 2023, Hudson Valley Post reported that numerous residents of Upstate New York would need to search for alternative supermarkets as a result of multiple closures. Unfortunately, another store can now be added to this growing list.

Massive Layoffs, 5 Upstate New York Supermarkets Are Closing

In early December 2023, a WARN notice was issued, confirming the closure of five grocery stores.

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“We ventured into the market more than ten years ago with the intention of introducing a high-quality supermarket to the local community. Regrettably, our efforts to maintain the required sales volume necessary for the stores to continue operating have been unsuccessful,” explained a representative from ShopRite.

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Just before the holidays, around 600 employees found themselves without a job, as indicated by the WARN notice.

Weis Closing Store In Binghamton

This week, it was announced that Weis will be shutting down its grocery store located in the City of Binghamton.

According to the Binghamton Homepage, the store located on Conklin Avenue in Binghamton is scheduled to close around March 2. This closure is expected to result in the creation of “another food desert” in the area.

“The closure of the Weis store on Conklin Avenue has dealt a significant blow to numerous residents on the South Side, particularly those who rely on public transportation. It’s disheartening to see this happen, especially considering that just a few months ago, I personally contacted Weis management to address concerns about potential store closures in Binghamton. At that time, a district manager assured me that the Conklin Avenue store was not at risk of shutting down. Therefore, last week’s announcement came as an even more frustrating surprise,” expressed Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham.

The store officials have announced the closure without providing a specific reason. However, they mentioned that the decision was made after careful consideration.

Weis Markets has announced that it will offer all of its employees jobs at other Weis locations.

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