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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 15, 2010

Old bowling alley home to new parts store

By Jo E. Prout

ALTAMONT — The new Altamont Parts Store offers familiar faces in a familiar place — the former Altamont bowling alley.

Owner John Donato opened his parts store two weeks ago. His manager, Corky Johnson, and Corky’s son Bill, work for Donato at the store.

“I own it, but people are running it,” Donato said. The Johnsons have worked with him for many years, he said.

The store is a coup for Donato, who wanted to make the bowling alley into apartments. Village zoning did not allow a residential use so Donato changed his plans for the empty building.

“We did it ourselves,” Donato said. “We took all the alleys out and put in offices. We use the old bowling alley counter for the main counter.”

The parts store takes up only a section of the building. Donato plans to use the remaining space for an unknown future project, he said. For now, all the bowling machines and lanes are there.

Asked what kinds of parts were sold at his store, Donato said, “Auto, farm, garden, small engine, landscape stuff. That’s why it’s a parts store, not auto parts.”

The shop also sells lawn  mower blades, and trailer parts for landscapers or any customer hauling materials, he said.

“We make hydraulic hoses used for farm or garden,” Donato said.

Donato advertises that the store will stock parts that customers request. The store, at 996 Altamont Blvd. above the Laundromat, is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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