MALTA — Stewart’s Shops on Tuesday said it will continue its campaign of store upgrades in 2019, with 18 expansions or new construction projects planned, for a total cost of more than $50 million.
It continues a yearslong series of upgrades that, in 2018, saw 12 major additions and 12 new buildings in New York and Vermont, also at a cost of more than $50 million. The latest project will open Wednesday at 810 Saratoga Road.
The new Burnt Hills store will replace a store at 26 Main St. in Ballston Lake. The new location will feature a more spacious layout, expanded seating and more convenient food options, as well as fuel pumps, which the old store did not have.
The old store will be offered for sale.
Stewart’s said customer traffic patterns and the lack of space to expand led it to close the Ballston Lake store. The company said that, next year, it may close some smaller shops that aren’t up to the standards of the newer stores and/or suffer from the increased competition. The company in October closed underperforming stores in Albany and Amsterdam.
Many operators in the convenience store industry beyond Malta-based Stewart’s Shops are expanding the variety and quality of their fresh food and beverage offerings. A wave of construction has occurred, as stores are enlarged, brightened and made into more inviting sources of grab-and-go food.
In the Capital Region, Cumberland Farms is spending millions of dollars per location on a series of new stores, and Global Partners is planning its first Alltown Market in the Capital Region on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady.