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"Neighborhood Pride" Opens
For the past three years, neighbors living on Ithaca's north side had to travel across town to get their groceries from stores like Tops or Wegmans.
Ithaca (WENY) - For the past three years, neighbors living on Ithaca's north side had to travel across town to get their groceries from stores like Tops or Wegmans. Now the new "Neighborhood Pride" grocery store is bringing back good food and a sense of community.
Shoppers were pouring into the store all day today, they say the it's a symbol for their neighborhood.
“It's like a community gathering, happy people saying hello checking in and the fact that this wonderful family took the time and effort to put this thing back together,” says Neighbor Joanie Groome. “It's been a really long road and we really appreciate it.”
People poured inand out of the doors all day today, many with smiles on their faces. They're just happy a neighborhood grocery store is back within walking distance.
“It's great to have an option in the neighborhood where you can come and pick up a few things,” says Natasha Thompson. “You can walk to it and its easily accessible and its juts a good place to convene meet your neighbors and hang out so its great we're really excited about it we've been waiting for it for a long time.”
Three years to be exact. The building used to be home to a P and C Supermarket, but that closed, leaving neighbors with fewer close options. Angelo Petito is 85 years old and has lived in the neighborhood his whole life. He even built this building in the 1970's.
“Just was an exhilarating feeling that is going to make a reasonably good life for my kids and their kids and that's what I'm hoping for,” says Angelo.
Angelo decided to open this new store from the ground up despite being in his mid eighties, because he knew the community needed it.
“The people that you see in the store right now are truly the managers of the store we are trying to provide products that they are looking for,” says Angelo's son John.
The family also got a $100,000 Urban Renewal Agency grant from City of Ithaca.