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Stewart’s near approval for new, bigger store in Scotia

A rendering shows the new Stewart's proposed for construction at the corner of Mohawk Avenue and North Ten Broeck Street in Scotia.
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A rendering shows the new Stewart's proposed for construction at the corner of Mohawk Avenue and North Ten Broeck Street in Scotia.

SCOTIA — Stewart’s Shops gained Planning Board approval this week for a large new convenience store on the village’s Mohawk Avenue.

The plan next goes before the Village Board on Jan. 12 for consideration of a special use permit. If granted, the company will place the shop on its project list for 2022, which plans to spend $50 million next year on 13 rebuilds and seven new-to-market stores.

The company has had an ambitious modernization program for years, and older stores like the plain brick one-story box with no gas pumps one at 204 Mohawk Ave. are frequent targets for upgrade.

A new Stewart’s on-site would book-end the block with sleek new convenience stores. The Cumberland Farms — opened in January 2019 at the corner of Mohawk and Center Street — was the first of that company’s next-generation template featuring a larger, more open interior as well as more food and drink options. It, too, replaced a smaller, dated store that had operated on-site for years.

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Stewart’s proposes a 3,975-square-foot store at the corner of Mohawk and North Ten Broeck. It matches the style of store that the company has been building, with dormers on the front slope of the roof and a lighted cupola at the top. Fuel pumps would stand under a canopy in front.

Stewart’s would buy and knock down two nearby wood-frame buildings on Mohawk Avenue for the project, giving it a new lot with 213 feet of frontage on Mohawk and 153 feet on North Ten Broeck.

The Cumberland Farms project knocked down a small restaurant at 216 Mohawk Ave.; with the demolition of the buildings at 206 and 208-210 Mohawk Ave. to make way for the new Stewart’s, only two wooden buildings and about 120 feet would separate the lots occupied by the two convenience stores. 

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