Stewart’s Shops will propose a new convenience store near the Clifton Park Center mall, at the heart of the Exit 9 commercial zone.
The regional chain has an option to buy 1.5 acres at the corner of Clifton Park Center and Sitterly roads and hopes to be able to break ground in the spring, said Stewart’s real estate representative Tom Lewis.
A store at that spot would give Stewart’s its first location in close proximity to Exit 9 and the mall, though there are other Stewart’s shops within a few miles in any direction.
“It’s [a location] I think we’ll do well at,” Lewis said.
The land is being purchased from Ellis Hospital, which has an urgent care center just to the east on Sitterly Road.
The location sees large volumes of traffic passing by because of its proximity to the mall, but the apartments and subdivisions that lie off of Sitterly Road in Halfmoon are a more important consideration, Lewis said.
The proposed store would have about 3,000 square feet of interior space and would employ the larger display area found in the newest Stewart’s Shops. The proposed store would also have gas pumps, Lewis said.
The town of Clifton Park hasn’t received an application for site plan approval, but Lewis said he expects it to be filed within 30 days. “We hope to break ground in the spring,” he said.
Lewis said the land just a stone’s throw from the Northway has been eyed by the Stewart’s corporation since 1996. At the time, it was owned by land developer Peter Belmonte Sr. Lewis said the company and Belmonte negotiated periodically over many years without coming to terms.
Ellis Hospital bought the six-acre property a few months ago and subsequently agreed to subdivide land at the corner to sell to Stewart’s.
“That’s how long we’ve been negotiating for that piece of property. I’m a patient man,” Lewis said.
The seemingly ubiquitous convenience store chain, which is known in equal measure for its quick lunches, milk, ice cream and coffee, has 331 stores throughout northeastern New York. It is headquartered in Malta and has its manufacturing facility just outside of Saratoga Springs in the town of Greenfield.