Stewart’s eyes new store at Union and McClellan streets in Schenectady

A new Stewart's Shop with gas pumps is being proposed at the site of this Sunoco gas station and the adjacent Jones Funeral Home at 1501 and 1503 Union St. in Schenectady.

A new Stewart's Shop with gas pumps is being proposed at the site of this Sunoco gas station and the adjacent Jones Funeral Home at 1501 and 1503 Union St. in Schenectady.

SCHENECTADY — Stewart’s Shops is looking to build a new convenience store and gas station at Union and McClellan streets.

The business would take the place of an existing Sunoco gas at 1501 Union St., the Jones Funeral Home at 1503 Union St., and the adjacent Jones parking lot at 1020 McClellan St., where there is a four-car garage with an apartment upstairs.

It would be the 11th Stewart’s Shop in nearby areas of the city and Niskayuna.

The proposal is entering the preliminary stages of regulatory review; the City Council on Monday evening was scheduled to consider starting a rezoning process for the largest single piece of real estate it would occupy — the parking lot at 1020 McClellan, which is zoned single-family residential. 

The parcels at 1501 and 1503 Union are zoned mixed-use commercial.

The Sunoco station is substantially smaller than the modern convenience store/gas station combos that are being built to capture revenue by offering one-stop shopping with grab-and-go food and drinks. 

The Stewart’s application indicates the existing gas station dates to the 1940s, and said the store it intends to build on site would be in the 4,000-square-foot range.

“It would likely be a 2022 project,” Stewart’s spokeswoman Erica Komoroske said Monday. 

It would be an additional store in the Malta-based company’s expansive chain of convenience stores, not a replacement store, she added: “We don’t foresee closing any stores.”

There are currently 10 Stewart’s Shops operating within two miles of the proposed shop at the intersection of Union and McClellan:

  • 566 and 1502 Balltown Road
  • 1033 Erie Blvd.
  • 1209 Chrisler Ave.
  • 1229 Nott St.
  • 120 Nott Terrace
  • 100 S. Brandywine Ave. 
  • 1773 State St.
  • 1739 Union St.
  • 1757 Van Vranken Ave.

The Union Street and Nott Street stores are each only about three-quarters of a mile away.

Stewart’s Shops chooses store locations based on traffic patterns and will sometimes place them close together — even on the same road, if it determines many motorists turn off that road somewhere between the two stores, and typically would be driving past one store or the other but not both.

Komoroske said this is the case on central Union Street.

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margaret holoday August 11, 2021
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I am against the Stewart store being built on the corner of Eastern and McLullen. The traffic there is enough to manage right now and I fear we are getting away from the integrity of the neighborhood. What is next a dollar store in the middle of the neighborhood? We already have Eastern Avenue zoned commercial and upper union street with it’s varioius stores including a Stewarts and another gas station/minimart. I would like to see the rest of the neighborhood left residential and Dr. and real estate offices.

pmoninefo August 4, 2021
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This is a brilliant plan, and as a proud Democrat I welcome this progressive opportunity for our community

C Meyers August 3, 2021
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This is a terrible plan and should be stopped ASAP! Another incursion into a residential area.