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Schumer says Whole Foods considering downtown Syracuse location

Less than two weeks ago, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) vowed to help attract a grocery store to Syracuse’s Armory Square neighborhood. Monday, he announced that the trendy organic grocer Whole Foods has returned his call.

“They are interested in Armory Square. And they are going to visit -- myself, the mayor and representatives of Whole Foods -- in the fall,” said the senator.

Schumer says one thing that has grabbed Whole Foods attention is that the only other store in upstate New York, in Albany, has exceeded its sales projections.

“They’re doing 30 percent more sales than they imagined in their first few months. So that gives them even greater interest in upstate New York, and Syracuse and Armory Square in particular.”  

The Senator is also still making calls to other grocery store chains, including Tops, as Syracuse looks for a store to serve the 3,000 residents in that downtown neighborhood.