The Tops Friendly Market has been closed since the May shooting where ten people died
オン 14 五月, ten people died and three people were wounded in the massacre at the Tops Friendly Market in the largely Black neighborhood in East Buffalo.
A moment of silence and prayers were held on Thursday at the market in advance of the Friday reopening.
Buffalo is among the most heavily segregated cities in the United States, and the alleged shooter, Patyon Gendron, told authorities that he targeted the neighborhood because of its racial demographics.
Gendron drove more than three hours from his home in Conklin, ニューヨーク, near the Pennsylvania border, to perpetrate the attack, 伝えられるところでは やる気 by white supremacy.
木曜日に, a federal grand jury indicted Gendron on charges including hate crimes, which are punishable by the death penalty.
ティーンエイジャー, who is also facing state charges, 無罪を主張した.
による AP通信, the reopening of grocery store has been controversial with some advocating for the site to be turned into a park or recreation center. その他, しかしながら, believe that the store’s place in the community is worth hanging onto.
“The store is there for a reason. The store is still there for a reason,” longtime Tops employee Rosalie Bishop, 58, 言った AP. “The people will come back. They might not come today or tomorrow, but they will come back.”
Buffalo mayor Byron Brown concurred, writing in a ステートメント that the reopening of the store is a step in the community’s healing process.
“As I walked into the market recently to see the total physical overhaul, I felt a bit apprehensive at first, and I think that’s a very normal reaction. But seeing the great work Tops has done to completely redo and upgrade the entire store interior, I felt much better, and I believe those significant changes will be helpful to others who have relied on this store as ‘their Tops’ for many years,」ステートメントは読んだ.
The grocery store has been remodelled in the wake of the attack with a new floor plan and added safety features.
Mr Brown also noted that his administration is aware that a number of East Buffalo residents will not feel comfortable returning to the store, and that they’re working with “other food retailers in the community to help them serve East Buffalo residents and grow their businesses”.