Stewart's Shops

Stewart’s Shops has yet to open a store in the Hilltowns, but is set to announce a new location in either Berne or Knox by next month. Both town supervisors are vying for the spot, saying that it would help their town, while local businesses are wary of competitors.

Gertrude Smith will celebrate her 88th birthday in the place she considers her second home — Smith’s Tavern. She and her husband ran the Voorheesville eatery for decades.

Stewart’s Shops, which had inspired controversy in two neighboring villages, is now doing an upgrade in its Altamont store, having been turned down on an expansion plan there.

Wednesday night, the village board deferred taking action on a moratorium that would have suspended the construction of gas stations in Voorheesville for six months.

Stewart’s has bought the house next to its Altamont store. A year ago, the village board declined to change the zoning of that parcel from residential to commercial, nixing plans Stewart’s had for expansion.

Stewart’s Shops planned to buy Smith’s Tavern, a popular Voorheesville eatery, and put a gas station and convenience store on Maple Avenue but now, says Chuck Marshall, representing Stewart’s, the village wants to block the project with a moratorium on gas stations while it searches for a new well site.

The Voorheesville Youth Baseball League, which once went without a home field, celebrated its newly renovated field in Swift Road Park.

Most customers shopping at the Stewart's at Gipp Road and Western Avenue in Guilderland on Tuesday night were taken aback.

George Pratt, Altamont

About 15 residents gave impassioned speeches, all of them opposed to the plan for a larger lot for the gas station and convenience store.

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