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Downtown grocery store moves forward

Rochester, N.Y. - Tax breaks were approved Tuesday for a new downtown grocery store, Harts Local Grocers will take over the former Craig Automatics on Winthrop Street in Rochester, N.Y.

Harts Local Grocers said the increasing population in downtown Rochester has opened this opportunity to bring a business back to the area. Downtown has been without a grocery store since Wegmans closed their downtown location in the 1990's.

The local real estate company Rochester Local Capital LLC, who is renovating the building, is excited this project is moving forward.

I really appreciate their championing this and obviously the incentives that theyre offering but the enthusiasm and good will thats coming with it is equally as important really, said Glenn Kellogg Glenn Kellogg, Manager of Rochester Local Capital.

For those who live in the city, a grocery store is the one convenience that has been missing.

Even actually milk and stuff you kind of have to go a little bit to find something for even snack or stuff even like that much less stuff like meats or produce you definitely have to drive a bit to get something, John Pae, of Rochester. When I was in school here about six years ago I never thought to live downtown. I work close to here so thats what brought me to this area but it seems like its developing a lot and theres a lot of nice stores and restaurants that I never even thought were downtown.

Its development, like Harts Local Grocers, that will keep residents like Pae living downtown.

More than two-thousand households are within walking distance of Harts location.

The store is expected to open in May.

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Washington Times