A downtown Binghamton grocery store that offers specialty items and gluten-free treats is expanding its operations at a nearby site.

Old Barn Market & Gluten Free Bakery had operated at 214 State Street for nearly eight years. The business closed at that location a few days before Christmas.

Old Barn Market owners Karen and Jeff Allen at the store's future location on February 21, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Old Barn Market owners Karen and Jeff Allen at the store's future location on February 21, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Jeff and Karen Allen have been preparing to move to a new location about a block west of the existing store. The new place is expected to open soon at 258 Washington Street.

A new owner recently acquired the building from First Assembly of God Church. The church had operated a café at the site for several years. The building was constructed for Godfrey & Son Music, which opened a store there in 1968.

The move to the "new" Old Market site on Washington Street is nearing completion. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The move to the "new" Old Market site on Washington Street is nearing completion. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Old Barn Market will occupy about 3,800-square-feet of space on Washington Street. The Allens say that's much bigger than what existed at the State Street site.

The process of setting up operations at the new location is taking longer than expected. The owners now hope to open the larger operation sometime in March.

A trailer was loaded with the final three coolers being moved from the closed Old Barn Market site on State Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A trailer was loaded with the final three coolers being moved from the closed Old Barn Market site on State Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The biggest challenge now is increasing the size of the kitchen in the Washington Street building. A contractor has been hired to enlarge the kitchen area.

More space means the store will offer additional items and will have a bigger coffee area than existed at the previous location.

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