Many downtowns in the Southern Tier are food deserts, according to the USDA.
Downtown Hornell and Binghamton don’t have a major grocery store nearby. City leaders in Oneonta have considered enticing a grocery store to their city center.
However, it's not likely to happen for a few reasons, said Susan Bradbury, community planning professor at Iowa State University.
First, the markup on the food stores sell is slim. That means they need a few acres of ground space to make money.