By Kassie Parisi
CLIFTON PARK — The Stewart’s Shop on Route 146 just west of Route 146A has closed and will reopen after a rebuild that will bring six new gas pumps and an expanded store selection.
The store closed down for rebuilding on Sunday and is scheduled to be open again in November, close to Thanksgiving, according to Stewart’s spokeswoman Maria D’Amelia.
Stewart’s goes out of its way to avoid closing stores during renovations, D’Amelia said. Usually the company will purchase property in a different location, or build a new store on property already owned near another store and shut down the old store when the new location is ready.
This time though, D’Amelia said, because the company is rebuilding the already-existing building, the company was forced to close for a projected eight to 10 weeks. Along with the rebuild, Stewart’s will also be putting new gas pumps on an adjacent lot.
That lot was previously home to Zen Hair Salon, which recently moved to a new location on Main Street. The old location was closed and demolished in late August.
D’Amelia said updating shops is necessary to keep up with the quick, in-and-out shopping experience Stewart’s strives to provide. Customers, she said, enjoy the ability to stop at the store and grab food, drinks, gas and other groceries during their lunch breaks or on their way home from work.
“The whole concept of doing a rebuild is improving that customer shopping experience,” she said.
The new store will be just over 3,000 square feet, and will feature six gas pumps, with 12 fueling stations. The store will also offer fresh-made pizza, a make-your-own sub station, and a new fountain soda station, which Stewart’s only recently created after widespread customer requests for it, D’Amelia said.
The new store will also feature a larger parking lot with the intention of stabilizing traffic flow in and out of the area, as well as an outside patio for customers.
“The added space will certainly improve the flow,”D’Amelia said.
The Route 146 store is one of 10 from various counties in the state slated for upgrades. The company planned to invest $50 million in the overhaul effort in 2017, which includes rebuilds in Schenectady, Warren and Clinton counties in addition to Saratoga County.