The Stewart’s Shops convenience store at 22 N. Ann St. in the city of Little Falls has begun to expand its operations by relocating to the adjacent property at 32 N. Ann St.
Mayor Robert Peters said during a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon construction began on the project after the Saratoga Springs-based company received all of the necessary approvals from the city’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as from the required state agencies.
“It’s a plus for Stewart’s and it’s a plus for the city of Little Falls,” said Peters. “The relocation project will certainly help relieve some of the traffic congestion that is in the area now. Personally, I cannot believe there has not been more accidents in and around Stewart’s than there has been.”
Charles Marshall, real estate representative for Stewart’s Shops, has said the new store will be similar to the one recently constructed in the village of St. Johnsville and will provide increased space and additional fuel pumps. The store will have six fuel pumps, including a designated pump for diesel fuel, he said. The store will also have increased cooler space and improved LED lighting, he said.
Marshall added the relocation will allow the Stewart’s store to move its fuel pumps further from the roadway and sidewalk, and would provide additional parking spaces for customers.
“It’s definitely going to help with the flow of business traffic to and from the store,” said Peters. “With the change in location, the store will be able to have an entrance and exit not only on North Ann Street, but on West Lansing Street as well. It will be an improvement from what is there now.”
Marshall also said previously the company’s plans call for the store at 22 N. Ann St. to be renovated and left standing. The canopy and fuel tanks would be removed from the site, he added.
“Ultimately, we could decide to lease or sell the property,” said Marshall.