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Johnson to get its grocery store back

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JOHNSON, Vt. -

Record flooding two years ago left Johnson without a grocery store, but developers announced Monday that's about to change.

The Grand Union Market closed back in spring of 2011 after the Lamoille River jumped its banks and filled the store with nearly 2 feet of water.

Now Mike Comeau, who owns food stores in Richmond and Waterbury, will open The Village Market in the space. Town officials say having a food store is essential to having a vibrant downtown.

"Without the grocery store, my fear was the village was going to wither and die," says Johnson Municipal Manager Duncan Hastings. "Every downtown, every village, needs some sort of anchor, some economic engine, the grocery store is definitely that for us."

The new store is expected to open in August, creating about 40 jobs-- 15 of them full-time positions.

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