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Fort Plain continues cleanup as fate of local grocery store remains in limbo

Photo: Save-A-Lot after flooding, NEWS CENTER Photo: Save-A-Lot after flooding, NEWS CENTER

FORT PLAIN, N.Y. -- Weeks after the flooding that did so much damage to Montgomery County, residents are still trying to clean up and regain some sense of normal.

That's being made even harder by the uncertain future of the only grocery store in town.

The Save-A-Lot was the only place for Fort Plain residents to do the bulk of their grocery shopping, but after the massive flood and the criminal conviction of the landlord the future is up in the air.

Grace Cromie, 86, of Fort Plain, said she used to walk across the street whenever she needed groceries, but ever since flood waters destroyed the Save-A-Lot supermarket, it means she needs to make a 10 minute drive to shop.

The same goes for Yvette Bridgewater whose house was also ravaged by the flood.

Five feet of water rushed through the store, just one setback for owner, John Hart, there's also the recent criminal conviction of his landlord Dennis Todd, who pleaded guilty to sex crimes.

Before the flood, Hart had made an offer to buy the shopping center where his Save-A-Lot is located, but the owner being in prison made negotiations nearly impossible.

A departure of the save a lot would be a major inconvenience for Fort Plain residents, for whom the nearest open grocery store is now a 10 minute drive. But Hart is reassuring residents that even if he does rebuild elsewhere it won't be too far away.

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