4:03pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Wegmans replacement on north side of Syracuse likely

The road is clear for another grocery store to move into the empty Wegmans Pond Street location on Syracuse's north side.

Wegmans, which closed its store there last month, has agreed to sell the property to Morgan Acquisitions.  

Mayor Stephanie Miner says the deal doesn't stop another grocer from moving in.

"We have an agreement from Wegmans to sell to a developer and remove any restriction about the development of that property.  This particular developer has a strong relationship with developing properties for grocery stores. We have lots of grocery store chains with an interest in developing that property,"  said Miner.

The mayor said that she has every indication that a grocery store will indeed open at that location.

Neighbors were very upset when that Wegmans branch closed June 30, warning that the area could become a "food desert" if another grocery store doesn't move in. Food deserts are areas where it is difficult to find affordable, fresh food for sale. Many politicians and community activists in Syracuse have been working to bring grocery stores to areas that are already food deserts.

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