Monday, January 25, 2016

Shopping Center Plans Unveiled for Corner of Sam Cooper and Tillman

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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The Binghampton Development Corporation (BDC) announced Monday that it will partner with Save-A-Lot Food Stores on its new Binghampton Gateway Center shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper and Tillman. One year ago, the BDC tore down a set of blighted apartment buildings on that corner with hopes of bringing in a grocery store to the underserved area.

Save-A-Lot will open a full-service, value-oriented grocery store with a full selection of meats and produce in the new shopping center. The store's design will reflect the historical character of the Broad Avenue Arts District, and it will be pedestrian-oriented. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

“The purpose of this project goes beyond the immediate goals of increasing the job base and improving food access in this food desert,” said Noah Gray, executive director of the BDC. “The Gateway is another sign of positive change and supports the dignity and hope of Binghampton residents who love their community and work to make it better. The Gateway is theirs but will also be a great location to be enjoyed by Memphians from all over the city.”

The BDC expects the new grocery store will provide 30 new jobs. The shopping center has space for other tenants, and the BDC says they're in negotiations with national, regional, and local retailers. They're also hoping to attract a restaurant.

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