As a born and raised upstate New Yorker, I have a distinct sense of pride when it comes to Stewart’s Shops. Where else can you pump your gas and pop in for a delicious, hand-packed pint of goodness? The inaugural Stewart’s, which rang in its 70th birthday in September, will be rebuilt from the ground up. However, did you know that the first store was right in our own backyard? Get the scoop:
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The Town of Ballston is home to the first ever Stewart’s Shop, located on Church Avenue. The store will receive a completely new look following the approval of the project by the Town of Ballston Planning Board earlier this month.
The new Church Avenue store will expand about 1,500 square feet, with a wider variety of grab to go food items such as pizza slices and sandwiches. In addition, there will be more seating, a walk-in cooler “beer cave” and two bathrooms. Two more fueling points will also be added.
Gary Dake, President of Stewart’s, told the Saratogian, “We are thrilled that 70 years after my grandfather and great-uncle purchased the property in Ballston that we are able to redevelop and continue our long history with the town. We look forward to continuing to serve this community and thank the town as well as the village of Ballston Spa for their longstanding support.”
The new shop’s construction is anticipated to be completed in 2016.