Saturday, August 29, 2015


Boscovs - York Galleria
York, PA store.
Boscov's (Босковс) have their closest stores to Syracuse in Albany and Binghamton, but they can expand since they just entered Ohio a few years after entering and exiting administration for a period.  Here's where they could open:

deWitt - former Macys/Kaufmanns or JCPenney, Shoppingtown
Irondequoit - Medley Centre
Kingston - ex-JCPenney
New Hartford - former Sears, Sangertown Square (confirmed!)
Auburn - former Rex, Fingerlakes Mall
Clay - former Bon-Ton or Macys, Great Northern Mall
Syracuse - Destiny USA, same as above as of February 2016
Cicero - former Burlington at Drivers Village
Camillus - former Bon-Ton

Sunday, August 23, 2015


A typical Maaco center
There was no photo on flickr at all so I used Wikimedia for a change.
Now for something new.  Maaco are known for panel beaters making cars look like brand new once again after a bust-up.  I heard of them from Downstate and the closest one to me is in Albany.  Here's where they could go:

Syracuse (west) - Westvale Plaza (former Pep Boys/Name Brand Deals/Genesee Theater) - best bet
Syracuse (east) - NY 5/Erie Blvd E (former Arthur Treachers/Kwik Fill)
Cicero/North Syracuse - US 11
New Hartford - former Price Chopper or Circuit City
Cortland - Riverside Plaza (if I don't put Planet Fitness there first)
Latham - Latham Circle Mall
Auburn - former P&C
Oswego - former Staples
Rome - former Staples
Liverpool - former Price Chopper
Fulton - former kmart (split with ALDI) on NY 481, Davidson/Fred Raynor/Reymore Ford on NY 3 or Nestlé plant on NY 481
Pulaski - former Als Big Corner Market on NY 13
Junius Ponds - Waterloo Premium Outlets
Irondequoit - Medley Center
deWitt - Shoppingtown Mall or former SAAB on NY 5
Camillus - Township 5
Horseheads - former ALDI
Ithaca - former kmart, NY 13 & 96
Watertown - Arsenal St (NY 3)
Palatine Bridge - former Ames
Cicero - former Burlington at Drivers Village

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Henrietta, NY location just south of Rochester.
ALDI may seem too easy to expand compared to most other chains in the US or Europe but there are still some areas that could use one.

Fulton - former Nestlé plant (being built now to hopefully open later in 2016)
Phoenix - County Rt. 57 (start from scratch)
Tully - US 11/NY 80 or NY 281 (near regional warehouse)
laFayette - US 20 (also original building)
North Adams, MA - outgoing Price Chopper
Watervliet- former Price Chopper
Menands - former Save-a-Lot (TBD)

They should also open in Canada but that's for another day.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Brueggers Bagels

Bruegger's Bagels
Flagship store in Burlington, VT.
There are still some spots that have yet to open a Brueggers Bagels:

Cicero - Former Tim Hortons on US 11 or McDonalds on Circle Drive near Marketplace (far enough from existing North Syracuse store)
Cortland - Downtown, Riverside Plaza, former Bob Evans or Tim Hortons, or Cortlandville
Oswego - Former Arbys, Ponderosa, Dollar Tree or other vacancy on NY 104, or Real Deals in Mid-City Plaza
Ithaca - The Commons, ex-Tim Hortons, Lansing or NY 13/96*
Binghamton - Johnson City, Vestal or Downtown*
Canandaigua - former Ponderosa, NY 5/US 20
Corning - Downtown in former Crunge Records*
Elmira/Horseheads - Arnot Mall/TBD*
Baldwinsville - former Burger King (NY 31/370)
Auburn - Fingerlakes Mall, Tim Hortons, Grant Ave (NY 5) or Genesee St
Geneva - NY 5/US 20 or NY 14 Downtown
Junius Ponds - Waterloo Premium Outlets
Syracuse - Tim Hortons or Armory Square (SU Hill store now Orange Crate Brewing Company)
Utica - Genesee St between downtown and Deerfield
New Hartford - Sangertown Square, Commercial Drive (NY 5A) or Genesee St
Oneida - former Friendlys or Tim Hortons
Fayetteville - former Jays Village Chevrolet (though Manlius and Syracuse east side [Erie Blvd or Nottingham Road] are close enough)
Clay - Great Northern Mall food court
Watertown - Salmon Run Mall or Arsenal Street

UPDATE: Regional franchise Flour City Bagels have entered administration which likely puts the idea of any new locations on hold for the foreseeable future and would have to be approved by court.  The SU Hill location is now closed so other posts will suggest what could replace it.

*I go to these areas less often so if you know them let me know a place.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Golden Corral

Golden Corral
Henrietta location near Rochester.  Might have gone by this recently.
A lot of what I put down for 99 goes for this too.  The only one I ever went to was on NY 481 in Fulton in 2002 but it is now a day care and the one I have shown here is the closest now 85 miles away in Monroe County.  The former Cici's location in Cicero would make sense as they are a buffet chain too but with pizza and macaroni cheese from what I recall.  I don't even go to indie Chinese buffets anymore myself but I still want this in Syracuse too (more here).  One off NY 598 is back on the table however in Syracuse.

99 Restaurants

99 Restaurant
Location closer to the chains home office.
I've only gone in New Hartford and maybe Albany but this is long overdue for a post:

Clay - Former Ruby Tuesdays, Great Northern Mall, NY 31 & 481
Syracuse (Destiny USA) - Former IHOP, CilantroMex, Ruby Tuesdays or Unos
East Syracuse/deWitt - Former Carmellas Café/Mixers Grill
Camillus - Township 5 or W Genesee St
Fayetteville - Former Jays Village Chevrolet
Auburn - Fingerlakes Mall or former P&C (must be torn down and restaurant built from scratch)
Cortland - former Bob Evans or Cortlandville
Liverpool/North Syracuse - former Bob Evans/7th North Buffet
Syracuse (Lyncourt/Eastwood) - former Chinese buffet in Shop City
Syracuse/Geddes - former Herb Philipsons/kmart in Western Lights (split with someone else)
Fulton - former Jreck Subs or Eckerd (must replace building too)
Oswego - former Tim Hortons
Cicero - former Cicis Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings or other vacancies on Circle Drive
Camillus - former Friendlys
Canandaigua - former Ponderosa, NY 5/US 20
North Syracuse - former Tim Hortons, US 11
deWitt - former Ponderosa, Ruby Tuesdays or TGI Fridays in Shoppingtown Mall
Junius Ponds - Waterloo Premium Outlets (space near food court)
Irondequoit (Rochester suburb) - Medley Center or former Keenans
Syracuse (east side) - former PHP (medical center which has to be demolished on Erie Blvd E/NY 5) or Tilted Kilt

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Price Chopper/Market 32

Price Chopper
Then-Windsor, VT store, a possible former Grand Union and at least one in Albany County wound up the same way.
Even Price Chopper could expand their footprint and they could go in one of these spots even though they would likely get the new name Market 32:

Auburn (former P&C or Sears)
Ithaca (former kmart or Maines)
Horseheads (I seldom go to Twin Tiers anymore so do tell me where there's room)
Irondequoit - Medley Ctr
Henrietta - Marketplace Mall or former Tops
Greece - former Maines
Geneva - former Tops
Canandaigua - vacancy on US 20/NY 5

Wegmans in the Capital Region and Beyond

Henrietta, NY outside Rochester, Wegmans' hometown (I go to the Brighton one when I'm in Monroe County myself).
Wegmans have a reputation that reaches well outside their core market that stretches from New England to the Mid-Atlantic (rather Virginia closer to Washington, DC as the Alexandria store recently opened).  The NY Capital Region has been overlooked for a long time and it has been said that a gentlemans agreement between the family and the Golubs who run Price Chopper out of Schenectady County agreed to avoid each others backyards while competing in Massachusetts, CNY, Twin Tiers and half of Pennsylvania.  Hopes remain high for Albany area shoppers who don't want to go to my neck of the woods or towards Boston where another store will open in a couple years.  Even down the Hudson downstate one is set for Brooklyn though people there can take NJ Transit over to New Jersey (i.e. Mercer) if they can manage that.  While I don't go to the Capital District quite as much as I have growing up anymore, where to build is more of a challenge as Wegmans stores now are streets ahead of other competitors like Hannaford, ShopRite and almost even Walmart as far as size is concerned so this will be more of a guess than when I usually do this kind of post so if you know the vicinity more than I do these days feel free to comment on where they could go.  All I did was leave a brief anonymous handwritten note urging that they open in Cuomo Country in the suggestion box over at my local store, something which people in Syracuse may take for granted being eight in Onondaga County alone (one going to Tops has come up here in the past, as it is rare in recent memory for a Wegmans to have to go as have Driving Park (now ShopRites sister chain PriceRite) in their native Monroe County or the original John Glenn store in Liverpool when a newer one opened next door several years ago).  The Mohawk Valley and even Cortland County could also be a part of this and while I go there a bit more trying to find the space in smaller towns is also a bit of a do as the usual vacancies I see wouldn't even suit a Lidl or Waitrose for that matter in the EU.  Wegmans are simply too leviathan in nature to just retrofit someone elses old building so they just start from scratch anyway.  Just need enough land and there's the old adage of location, location, location (even though it's more clichéd with residential than commercial property, but since this is a business that's open to the public, of course, everyone has to be able to find it easily).  Zoning laws, traffic concerns and other red tape are a given too.  They're no run of the mill big box.  Here's where the Consumer Reports #1 supermarket pick could expand their footprint now:

Cortlandville - NY 13 (vacant lot south of NY 281 looks big enough to build)
Watertown - NY 3 or 12
New Hartford - NY 5A
Utica - NY 8 & 12
Herkimer - NY 5
Oneida - NY 5
Latham - US 9 & NY 2 (possibly where Latham Circle Mall had been)
East Greenbush - NY 43 or US 4
Glenmont - US 9W
Rotterdam - Rotterdam Square Mall (if much of it including the former Macys is demolished)
Kingston - Dutchess County Mall (around the old JCPenney as this is in between Albany and NYC)
Rhinebeck - US 9
Fishkill - US 9 (hotbed for big box in Dutchess County)
Washington, DC (even though Alexandria, VA store just opened across the Potomac)
Schenectady - NY 5
Springfield - US 20? (a Berkshires store would make sense as they work their way east on I-90)
Worcester - TBD (I don't know the first thing about this except that it's in the middle of the capitals)

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Elyria, OH store (Cleveland suburb)
Now something for the ladies who have real-sized bodies.  Trying not to do just what I like here:

Syracuse - former Dots (Shop City), downtown, and/or rival chain Catherines (Western Lights)
Westvale - former Dance Center
North Syracuse - former Fashion Bug (Northern Lights)
Clay - Great Northern Mall or former Verizon Wireless
Oswego - Mid-City Plaza or east side Dollar Tree or other vacancy on NY 104
Fulton - former Eckerd
deWitt - Shoppingtown Mall
Auburn - Fingerlakes Mall
Junius Ponds - Waterloo Premium Outlets
Cortland - downtown, Riverside Plaza, or Cortlandville
Manlius - Madison Row
Fayetteville - Fayetteville Square or Town Center
Cicero - Circle Drive
Mattydale - former Daddy's Music
Watertown - Salmon Run Mall or Seaway Shopping Center
Baldwinsville -former Rite Aid

Coffee Beanery

Location in Shanghai, mainland China.
Now for something different.  Coffee will never go out of fashion so here's where we should get it.
Only went to the Renssalaer location at the railway station:

Clay - Great Northern Mall or former Tim Hortons (Moyers Corners)
deWitt - Shoppingtown Mall or former Pearle Vision
Cortland - downtown or former Tim Hortons
North Syracuse and Cicero - former Tim Hortons
Fairmount - former Byrne Dairy
Fayetteville, Oneida, Mattydale, Utica and Albany (Delaware area) - former Friendlys
Rochester - downtown, new train station in 2017 or former Blockbuster Video
Fulton - former Jreck Subs or Eckerd
Oswego - downtown, Mid-City Plaza, Dollar Tree or other vacancy on NY 104, or former Arbys or Ponderosa
Central Square - former Disc Connection
Baldwinsville - former Burger King
Liverpool - former Arbys, 7th North Buffet/Bob Evans, Burger King/Heartland Subs, Chase (7th North St) or Cams Pizzeria
Syracuse - NY 635/Thompson Road in former Tim Hortons
Syracuse (SU Hill) - former Copy Centers, even with local and national competitors at close hand
Manlius - Madison Row
East Syracuse - former Ricos Ristorante
Chittenango - former Sunrise or downtown
Canandaigua - former Ponderosa, NY 5/US 20
Canastota - former Family Dollar
Rome - Black River Blvd./NY 46 TBD
Utica - former Rite Aid downtown
Auburn - former Walgreens
Cicero - former Tim Hortons/Mighty Taco or Buffalo Wild Wings

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Hannaford South Burlington, VT
South Burlington, VT store (only one I could find that was freely licenced and not with cold weather or people in it).
Even Hannaford could use more stores despite owner Delhaize possibly merging with Benelux rival retailer Ahold (former owner of Tops and mid-Atlantic chain BI-LO).

Auburn (former P&C)
Fulton (former kmart)
Oswego (former Tops)
Rome (NY 46 or 49)
Hyde Park (former Grand Union or ShopRite on US 9)
North Adams, MA (outgoing Price Chopper)
Watervliet (former Price Chopper on NY 32 though it's even smaller than the existing Voorheesville location yet not the right size for a 7-Eleven)