Clifton Park

Stewart’s to redo shop on Grooms, Vischer Ferry roads in Clifton Park

New store to feature brick 'wrap,' instead of stone, to match surrounding buildings

CLIFTON PARK — A new Stewart’s Shop will replace a Stewart’s location at the corner of Grooms and Vischer Ferry roads, if the project is approved by the town Planning Board.

The plan, according to documents submitted to the town in December, is to build a 3,675-square-foot store directly to the north of the current store. The current shop would be razed when the new one is finished. 

The new store would stand on a 3.1-acre parcel and would offer eight fueling stations and an expanded parking lot, according to planning documents. It would be largely similar to other new Stewart’s Shops built throughout the region recently, except that the exterior of the building will feature a brick “wrap,” rather than the smooth stone wrap seen on other recently build Stewart’s Shops.

The brick was chosen to mirror the design of other businesses and shops in the immediate area.

In 2018, Stewart’s embarked on an effort to overhaul its stores, with 12 major additions to existing locations and 12 new buildings built in New York and Vermont, at a cost of more than $50 million.

Eighteen new shops are slated for 2019, said Stewart’s spokeswoman Erica Komoroske. 

While she would not comment on locations of the future stores, she said they will be spread across the state and will represent more than $50 million in new investment by the company.

“2019 will be an even bigger year,” she said.

Employees of the current store will be transferred to the new store, but there will be an ongoing hiring effort.  Job openings are constantly posted in the windows of Stewart’s stores and employment applications can often be found right next to doorways, Komoroske said. The company often has to work around the flexible schedules required by many Stewart’s employees, a group that is made up of a large number of high school and college students.

Stewart’s will present plans for the new store at the Planning Board’s Jan. 8 meeting in Town Hall. The company is aiming for a May opening, Komoroske said. 

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