Several local officials participated in the ribbon-cutting at the newly renovated Stewart’s Shop located at 47 S. Second Ave., in Broadalbin, on Friday, Jan. 6. Some of the local officials included Senator Jim Tedisco; Broadalbin Town Supervisor Tom Christopher; Village of Broadalbin Mayor Eugene Christopher; Gloversville Supervisor John Blackmon; Broadalbin-Perth School Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson; Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce President Mark Kilmer and Assemblyman Marc Butler.
By MORGAN FRISCH
Fulton County Express
BROADALBIN — Community members who stop for coffee at the village Stewart’s Shop will be pleased with more gas pumps, a better flow and more food variety in the rebuilt store.
Stewart’s Shops Corp. Public Relations Specialist Maria D’Amelia said the new shop replaced the one that previously stood at 47 S. Second Ave in the village. The store has been open for a few weeks, but the grand opening event was held Friday. D’Amelia said the new shop is about 1,000 feet larger, has more parking, seating and has increase the amount of easy food options. The location carries fresh made pizza, made-to- order subs, a beer cave and a variety of other food items. Several positions were also added.
D’ Amelia estimates the project cost at $1.5 million. Stewart’s was able to expand the location after purchasing land from the town last year.
The site, located on Route 29 was purchased by the town in 2008 with the intention of turning it into a recreational park. The process could not go through after negotiations with the Army Corps of Engineers determined the site contained a significant amount of wetlands, which increased the cost of the project significantly. Stewart’s Shops bought the 20-acre plot to allow for the expansion of the South Second Avenue site.
D’Amelia said the process is called “wetland mitigation” and the wetlands on Route 29 will be preserved.
The town was able to use $115,000 from the land to purchase a new 24-acre parcel on Union Mills Road in June, which will be used for the town park.
The dedication of a sign for a new Broadalbin recreational field in Stewart’s Shops’ honor also occurred during the grand opening event.
“This really was team effort to work together with the town to make this happen,” D’Amelia said.
Town Park Committee Member Keith Buchanan referred to the situation as a win-win.
“Hopefully at the end of this month we will see some construction going on,” he said about the town park.