Stewart’s Shops completes 10 renovations in 2022

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY—Stewarts Shops has been busy with many store renovations this spring.

So far, the convenience retailer has remodeled 10 of its stores to suit the local communityneeds. Unlike rebuilds, these renovations typically have the same store footprint as before, Stewart reported. However, renovations include new counters, a fresh coat of paint, new floors, or an upgraded bathroom.

Additionally, some of Stewarts 10 renovated stores added a food bar, more kiosks, new appliances or a new layout. StewartIts also improved the outdoor space of its renovated pitches. Additions to the renovations include new landscaping, patios, new outdoor furniture and freshly paved parking, all of which can make a difference to the overall feel of a store, the convenience retailer said.

We wish we could rebuild every store, but that’s just not possible, Stewarts Shops said on its website. Our renovations are a great way to bring that new store feel to a community and continue to meet their growing needs.

An example of the recently renovated stores is store 207 in Dannemora, which replaced its old wallpaper with a new coat of paint, installed new counters, etc.

This store is an important stop for all commuters in the city, said the retailer. It’s a quick go-to for coffee in the morning or a cheeseburger for lunch. The remodel is a welcome upgrade from the old store.

Store 417 in Queensbury has also been refurbished. The upstate New York store installed new counters, added a food bar, beverage bar and beer cellar.

This store is a great stopover on your way to or out of town, according to Stewarts Shops. It is conveniently located in a triangle with Quaker Road, Dix Avenue and New York State Route 32. Locals and commuters will be able to stop in the store and get whatever they need.

Stewarts Shops has made store reconstruction and renovation a high priority. As Convenience store news reported, the retailer was planning 14 new convenience stores in 2021 to replace smaller and older locations based on growing customer needs, along with numerous rebuilds and additions.

In 2020, Stewart’s stores invested $45 million in 17 new or rebuilt stores, the final year of its five-year, $245 million program.

Stewarts Shops has also acquired stores over the past year. In September, the retailer completed its acquisition of the 11-store Neighborhood Market chain from Oxford-based Blueox Corp., with a rebrand completed at six of the locations. Five of the locations are branded as Stewart’s Shops, while one location is outfitted as Stewart’s Express Shop.

The sale of its Neighborhood Market chain marked the exit of Blueox Corp. of the convenience retail sector and allowed Stewart’s Shops to expand its footprint in central New York, with stores located in Fort Plain, Bridgewater, Mt. Upton, Norwich, Oxford and Hamilton.

Saratoga Springs-based Stewart’s Shops operates more than 345 convenience stores in 31 counties across upstate New York and southern Vermont.

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