Stewart’s Shops Expands in Rensselaer County in New York
Opening, remodeling convenience stores, focusing on "easy food"
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Dairy convenience-store retailer Stewart’s Shops said it is making a "significant investment" in Rensselaer County, N.Y., with the construction of more than a half-dozen stores, including a new location in North Greenbush near Hudson Valley Community College that opened Nov. 18.
Stewart’s Shops executives said that they recognizes that people’s eating habits are changing. They’re busy and eating smaller meals, more often. So the company has increased its focus on the variety of "easy food" options like prepared foods, entrees, sandwiches, snacks and beverages.
With that trend in mind, the company has recently built replacement shops for locations at in Wynantskill and Troy/Oakwood (slated to open Nov. 21) and has another rebuild underway for their shop in Nassau, which it expects to be completed in late December. In 2014, Stewart’s Shops also rebuilt locations in Lansingburgh, East Greenbush and Cropseyville.
The new shop in North Greenbush, which is the company’s 332nd store, offers the traditional Stewart’s ice cream, dairy, grocery and convenience items. The spacious layout also includes a large variety of hot food options, including freshly made pizza, by the pie and by the slice. The shop also offers made-to-order subs, a "beer cave" walk-in cooler and plenty of seating and a large gasoline island with ethanol-free premium gasoline.
By the end of 2015, Stewart’s Shops will have opened two brand new stores, completed 10 replacement shops, along with dozens of additions and remodels across its market areas.
The company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with a number of state and local officials, Stewart's officials, the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce and representatives from Hudson Valley Community College. In honor of this event, Stewart’s donated $1,000 to HVCC supporting the Student Emergency Assistance Fund.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Stewart's Shops operates more than 330 convenience stores in New York and Vermont and has annual sales of approximately $1.6 billion.