Update on downtown grocery store

Updated: 02/18/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 7:01 AM WHEC.com

A big step forward Tuesday for the company hoping to open a small grocery store in the city's east end.

On Tuesday, the Monroe County Industrial Development Agency approved $145,000 in tax incentives for Hart's Local Grocers.

Hart's will be redeveloping an old auto warehouse on Withrop Street near the Little Theatre and 2-Vine Restaurant. The new store will bring 30 jobs to the area. It's slated to open in May.

News10NBC spoke to a project manager about the risks associated with this project.

Glenn Kellogg, Rochester Local Capital, said, "We don't have a national chain that's coming in and starting this. It’s a startup and it's a real estate development project all rolled into one.”

The grocery store itself will occupy about 18,000 square feet of the first floor of the warehouse. Another 3,000 feet will be a café.

Hart’s will have its office space on the second floor and the rest of the second floor will be office space available for other companies to rent.

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