Thursday, December 15, 2011

ShopRite to open in Slingerlands - NEWS10 ABC: Albany, New York News, Weather, Sports

ShopRite to open in Slingerlands - NEWS10 ABC: Albany, New York News, Weather, Sports

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shop City - Then and Now


Teall Ave. and Grant Blvd., Syracuse.

Former tenants:

Fanny Farmer Candies
First Federal
Liggetts Rexall Drugs
Childrens Bootery
Real estate*
Corcorans Liquor Store
Tops 'n Bottoms
Montgomery Ward
Phillips Shoe Repair
Green Hills
Casual Male & Female
Fabric store*
Syracuse Paint & Varnish
Ice cream*
Video arcade*
Endicott Johnson
Fays Drugs
New Domain
Grand Union
P&C (twice)
Hit or Miss
Pizza Hut
Record store*
Payless ShoeSource
National Auto Supply
Wheels Discount Auto
Sally Beauty Supply
Sugarplum Boutique
Sweet Chunkys BBQ
Hallmark Cards
The UPS Store
Fleet Bank
Carrols Cinema
Skaneateles Savings Bank
BSB Savings Bank
Andrays Hair Styling
Meltzers Restaurant
Shoe stores*
S&H Green Stamps Store
Country Buffet*
Rainbow Rent to Own
AJ Wright
D&K Stores
Nail Art
Strauss Stores
Quiznos Subs
Blimpie Subs (via Mobil)
CW Price
Citizens Bank
Dots Fashions
Yummy Buffet (formerly Super King and Super Nova Chinese Buffet)
Ginga Japanese steakhouse
Antonio's to Go

Current tenants:

Smokers Choice
Marks Pizzeria
Nexes Hair Styling
China House
Valu Home Center
Rite Aid
Shop City Wines & Liquors
Appliance Parts
Metro PCS
M&T Bank
First Niagara
Shop City Veterinary Hospital
Authentic Clothing & Footwear
Pawn King
Dollar Tree
Family Dollar
H&R Block
State Farm
Advance Auto Parts
Empire Visionworks
The Fish Cove
Atlas Chiropractic
US Coast Guard Recruiting
City Laundromat (coming soon)
Variety Bargains (just opened)

What I wish would open there:

diBella's Subs
Family Video
Godfathers Pizza

Subject to change.
*Name TBD.

Dedicated to the memory of John Navรจ, "Mayor of Shop City".

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Asian supermarket

Huge Asian

The next frontier of retail that needs to be explored in Upstate NY is an Asian supermarket, which is really meaning the Pacific Rim much of the time, geared towards the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Laotian, and Korean communities, carrying items not found at traditional Western supermarkets like bok choy and live fish.  Items imported from the other side of the globe are found there.  I've been to one in Flushing, Queens downstate a couple years ago, and saw a fairly large one upstate in Albany.  We need something like that in Central New York.  In Syracuse, theres a small store on Erie Blvd. E. with a Chinese takeaway nearby.  I think a bigger store down the road at the former Price Chopper in DeWitt would better suit the area.  The one in New Hartford would work for the Utica-Rome region.  Rochester and Buffalo I'm not 100% sure about as I don't go to those areas often.  Large markets will turn up in bigger cities and suburbs throughout the west.  In smaller and more compact communities, there will be small shops, but it all depends on where you live and the demand.  I would go to an Asian supermarket if the opportunity came along again.
Since I wrote this two have opened on Erie Blvd.  One is in the former Stevens Office Interiors (now on NY 290 in East Syracuse).

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mystery Supermaket Lady

This model above has appeared on websites and print ads for Price Chopper, Tops, IGA, Metro, and others.  Does anyone know who she is? Is she from ThinkStock or Jupiter Images?  Let me know in comments. Thanks.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stein Mart in CNY and Beyond

Stein Mart
Existing store in Hattiesburg, MS.

Heres something different. The other week, I went to Stein Mart in Rochester suburb Pittsford and thought we could use this near me.  I predict these locations:

Albany - Wolf Road (ex-Borders)
Syracuse - Western Lights Plaza*
Fairmount - Fairmount Fair
North Syracuse - Northern Lights (former TJ Maxx, Staples or Burlington*****)
DeWitt - former Macys, Dicks or JCPenney in Shoppingtown or Michaels up NY 5
Clay - Great Northern Mall
Liverpool - The Shops at Seneca Mall**
Syracuse - Destiny USA
New Hartford**
Clifton Park - former OfficeMax if still vacant
Liverpool - Co Rt 57***
Latham - former Latham Circle Mall
Palatine Bridge***
Oswego - TBD
Fulton - NY 481 (former kmart)
Syracuse - Onondaga Blvd (Western Lights; ex-Valu)
Cicero - former Burlington at Drivers Village

* ex-kmart/Herb Phillipsons
** ex-Price Chopper
*** ex-Ames
**** ex-P&C
***** ex-Media Play

These could also be IKEAs.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

CNY ShurFine affiliates

Cugini's Shurfine Store, exterior, Auburn, ca. 1945
Store in Seattle suburb in the early 20th Century.
ShurFine is a brand seen in many independent supermarkets across the US, Canada, and even in Jamaica! It can be easily found in CNY. Here are the places you can go:

Syracuse (West Side) - Nojaim Bros (set to close)
Syracuse - Dominick's Neighborhood Market (not the former Safeway division)
Across Upstate - Byrne Dairy (select products)
Farmington - Wades (becoming Tops)
Marcellus - Nojaim Bros
Fulton - Strupplers (now Tops)
Syracuse (Onondaga Hill) - Hill Top Market (now closed)
Liverpool - Nichols
North Rose - North Rose Midstate
Sodus Point - Shirtz
Pulaski - Al's Big Hometown Corner Market (now closed)

More on the Western Family site. Just learnt that they'll tell you where to find their brands in your area. They didn't before.
Now if I could just get a concise list of retailers that carry sister brands from Topco (even if chains like Wegmans and Price Chopper just have Top Care health and beauty products).

Sunday, March 27, 2011


closed sign

Due to lack of interest on my part and the world's, this blog will go on indefinite hiatus until further notice. There hasn't been anything to report already covered by the pros. I am also focused more on my other blog which I consider my main one. Getting larger retailers to break ground in New York State or anywhere in the world right now is a lot to bear in this economy. Someday, things will change, but now we wait and wonder. Sorry it has to end this way, but it's not the end all. If it's meant to be, I'll return.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ShopRite in the Capital Region

The first hiatus has ended! I for now have material to work with.
I read that ShopRite will probably enter the Capital Region. I heard that it was there in the '60s and '70s, yet my sources say its the first time. I'm all for this either way, as I've only been to ShopRite in the NYC tri-state area. I've heard of it initially from what are now My 9 WWOR and CW 11 WPIX from downstate when they were indie TV superstations on cable. When I lived in the Hudson Valley, I went all the time.
One issue is that no-frills O&O sister store PriceRite have an existing store in Schenectady which I go to on occassion, and may come to my back yard (see earlier article). They try not to be in the same area as ShopRite, even though those are usually franchised.
Possible locations could be:

East Greenbush
Menands (ex-Save a Lot)
Hudson Falls
Palatine Bridge
Saratoga Springs
Colonie (Wolf Road, ex-Barnes & Noble)
Niskayuna (coming soon!)
Clifton Park

Its early days right now, so nothing is for sure yet. Watch this space!