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Erie Blvd. convenience store plan approved

Erie Blvd. convenience store plan approved

Former Grossman's building to be demolished to make way for project
Erie Blvd. convenience store plan approved
The former Grossman's Hardware Store on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady is pictured in 2017.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY — A convenience store and gas station has received final approval for construction on the site of the former Grossman’s Bargain Outlet on Erie Boulevard.

The city Planning Commission unanimously approved the proposal Wednesday evening, with aesthetic and functional revisions to the original plan that were described as relatively minor, such as cafe seating and additional sidewalk space.

Demolition of the existing structure and construction of the convenience store is expected to cost $4 million.

The Alltown at Erie Boulevard and Jefferson Street will be the first in New York state for Global Partners LP, which owns and operates more than 230 convenience stores. It will measure 4,800 square feet, have six fuel pumps, and feature an expanded selection of freshly-made, grab-and-go foods inside.

It will stand within 300 feet of Country Farm, a convenience store and gas station, and within 600 feet of a Stewart’s convenience store that does not sell gas.

Global said Thursday that no timetable has been established, as some state and local approvals are still needed.

The long, low brick building at 1410 Erie Blvd. was built as a railroad freight depot at least 130 years ago and is showing its age. Its most recent occupant was Grossman’s, which announced in 2009 that it was moving to Crosstown Commons. Legere Properties, which is headquartered next door, purchased the building in 2010.

Ray and Jeff Legere had sought to redevelop the building, but its odd layout — 365 feet long but as little as 35 feet wide — and its steadily deteriorating condition made it a hard sell. 

Ray Legere said the plan and the timetable are in Global’s hands. It will hold a long-term lease on the site and handle all construction and demolition.

Legere said he has an affinity for old buildings and is sorry to see this one go. In his spare time, he’s been rescuing some the wooden flooring, which are tight-grained boards from longleaf yellow pine trees that started growing when the United States was a collection of colonies.

This wood may become a tabletop someday, Legere said, or something else never imagined in the 1880s, so it won’t all be going to a landfill.

“I had to have something from that building to carry it forward,” he said.

Global Partners LP is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, and has a significant footprint in the petroleum distribution/sale market: 25 bulk terminals, 12.2 million barrels of storage capacity, daily sales totaling 319,000 barrels and more than 1,500 gas stations owned, leased or supplied. 

The company is ranked 334th in the Fortune 500, with 2017 revenue of $8.92 billion, gross profit of $583.1 million and net income of $58.8 million.

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