And other grocery stores have opened in the city -- even with the beverage tax -- including a new Target that sells groceries in Canton just last week.
But economist Anirban Basu says Rob Santoni's claim that the tax killed his business, is likely to be accurate.
“In places like Locust Point, Canton, Roland Park there are grocery stores but of course in those communities there are people who don't really worry about a 3-cent or 5-cent beverage tax,” Basu said.
The mayor says money from the beverage tax is a vital part of the plan to re-build Baltimore City’s schools. But Basu says he hopes the mayor can come up with a way to replace it.
“Other cities across the country have been able to rebuild that infrastructure without ruining the grocery store industry or damaging the grocery store industry,” he said. “I think that could have happened in Baltimore too."
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