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Syracuse Cooperative Market Opens, Bringing Full-Service Grocery To Downtown

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A full service grocery store now joins the growing list of places to eat or buy food downtown. The Syracuse Cooperative Market cut the ribbon to mark its official opening in the Salt City Market building on the southern end of downtown.

 

Coop Manager Jeremy DeChario thinks the market will serve a particular niche, even among the many eateries and places to drink downtown. 

“Up to this point it wasn’t a true walkable community because there wasn't a grocery store that had fresh foods,” DeChario said. “What we are really looking to do is really be a nexus for community the same way that the store on Kensington has been a nexus for community in the Westcott neighborhood for all these years.” 

 

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Members of the Syracuse community gathered for the ribbon-cutting

As the city strives to have more to offer in walkable and biking distances, food accessibility continues to be a priority for Mayor Ben Walsh and County Executive Ryan McMahon. 

 

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The Syracuse Cooperative Market is attached to the Salt City Market which has eating stands, adding diversity to the downtown dining scene

"To get the Syracuse co-op here with their commitment to local produce, supporting our local farmers, coming here and really a new gateway, it’s a win-win-win for everybody,” McMahon said.

               

The Syracuse Cooperative market will have another entrance on Clinton Street with a convenient parking lot to accommodate shopping at times when the Salt City Market building is closed. Those who become members will get 10 percent savings off their first shopping order during the month of May. The market is open to everyone, even without a membership.