Johnson City supermarket closes as neighborhood is redeveloped


A Johnson City grocery store is closing as the face of the village’s downtown neighborhood continues to evolve.

The Save-A-Lot store at 200 Main Street is scheduled to close on Saturday.

Roberta Douglas, who operated the business with her husband, said they had recently been informed that the building was sold and that their lease would not be renewed.

A sign informed Save-A-Lot customers that the company had lost its lease. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A sign informed Save-A-Lot customers that the company had lost its lease. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Owners, employees and customers of the discount grocery store have worried about its fate for several years.

The property went on the market in early 2017. It was sold later that year for $608,000 to a Chenango County-based entity.

The new owners then attempted to sell the site, as redevelopment led by Binghamton University’s Health Sciences Campus on Corliss Avenue drove up property values.

The checkout area of ​​the Save-A-Lot store on September 30, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The checkout area of ​​the Save-A-Lot store on September 30, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The most recent real estate listing had an asking price of $1,150,000.

Douglas noted that many of the store’s most loyal customers no longer resided in the neighborhood as they lived in apartment buildings that were demolished after they were acquired by Binghamton University.

A sign in front of the Save-A-Lot store at 200 Main Street. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A sign in front of the Save-A-Lot store at 200 Main Street. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

She said the closure will cause difficulties for many people who still live nearby as they don’t have a car to get to other places to shop.

The Save-A-Lot store employed six people.

A Grand Union supermarket once operated on the site of the Johnson City Save-A-Lot store. Photo: Broome County Public Library

A Grand Union supermarket once operated on the site of the Johnson City Save-A-Lot store. (Photo: Broome County Public Library)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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