Friday, April 28, 2017

Arby's former CNY locations

Former Liverpool location
Arby's are unique for having roast beef instead of burgers.  I go once a month.  However, like their two competitors there are a number of closed locations:

Clay - Great Northern Mall, NY 31 & 481
Liverpool - Ct. Rt. 57 (above; local franchise office down the road)
Oswego, NY 104
deWitt - Shoppingtown, NY 5
Hyde Park, US 9 (I haven't been this way much in recent years)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area: Scranton, Kingston, Pine Grove, Lycoming Mall, Wyoming Valley Mall and Schuykill Mall (according to ABC 16 WNEP)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Burger King former CNY locations

Burger King
Eastside location
Burger King may be in the same boat as far as writing about them but they too have several former locations in CNY I can recall.  They entered the area in 1975 when Carrols turned most of their locations into BK franchises and remain the leader from their modest sized headquarters on James Street.  A chain in northern Europe spun off of Carrols.  These ex-BKs in CNY were theirs:

Syracuse (downtown) - Galleries, opened in 1988; food court shuttered about two decades later, became offices and were absorbed by recent Library expansion
Syracuse (west side) - Burnet Park (now Rosamund Gifford) Zoo, now indie Jungle Café
deWitt (Erie Blvd E.) - NY 5, around where Econo Lodge is now
deWitt (Shoppingtown) - now vacant
Liverpool - Ct. Rt. 57, later Heartland Subs, now Rio Grandé
Baldwinsville - NY 31 & 370, also vacant
Syracuse (SU Hill) - not quite sure but I have a hunch
Syracuse (Thompson Road) - new store replaced old one
Fairmount - same as across town above

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

McDonald's former CNY locations

Old Erie Blvd E & Seeley Rd location

McDonald's may seem far too easy to write about being in many nations, but there are just enough former locations in and around Syracuse committed to memory to warrant a post:

SU Hill - S Crouse Ave; one is a sushi bar about to be torn down, another was later Brueggers and is now Orange Crate Brewing Company
Almond St - now Upstate Medical Offices
Downtown - now a Chinese takeaway
Clay - Great Northern Mall, possibly where Taco Bell or Subway are in the food court now; current location just half a mile up NY 31 in Liverpool
Cicero - E Circle Dr, now vacant as new one opened around the corner on US 11
Liverpool - Old Liverpool Rd before village, now Village Burger
Fayetteville? (NY 5) - Fayetteville Mall in food court; current one next to Tops on former Sears site
deWitt - original location replaced by current store in '70s and has been renovated since that time
Manlius - NY 92 and/or 173?  A new one was proposed in recent years but fell through as Burger King are there now
South Ave. (NY 175) - now a church
S Geddes St. - also a church
Camillus - Camillus Mall? (stand alone one now across W Genesee St)
Cortland (Cortlandville) - NY 13, demolished when new one was built two doors down

Iceland and India both lost all of theirs so I can't complain!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

7 Eleven and Sunoco

Hartford County location
7-Eleven and Sunoco announced a merger, so this could shake things up.  In CNY, the few 7-Elevens with petrol have rival Gulf (which was absent from Syracuse for over two decades).  We discussed 7-Eleven in an earlier post on new location ideas, but now A-Plus (which was originally with Atlantic; who spun off of Rockefellers Standard Oil conglomerate, the original Big Oil) could take the new name (took a while for another competitor Speedway to absorb Hess, so give it a year or so).  7-11 bought Wilson Farms which used to be owned by Tops.  Participating Sunocos in Price Choppers market area have discounts customers can earn (also covered in a previous article).  Some Sunocos have indie C-stores in them such as the Westvale (Delles), Fulton (Clancys), Oswego (Xpress Mart), Bridgeport (SunTrac), or Lyncourt (Ohri Gas Land) locations or regional chains like ExpressMart (deWitt flagship), Stewarts Shops (Albany County), Runway (Camillus) and Nice-'n-Easy (East Syracuse).  Also these existing C-stores are usually smaller than an average 7-Eleven.  Sunoco bought Atlantic in 1993.  Few older locations are still in business in CNY now such as in van Buren and Onondaga Hill if I'm not mistaken.
Due to the nature of the system, adding pumps to non-gas stores would take a lot of work and red tape.  The Eastwood 7-Eleven is right next door to yet another nemesis and Standard Oil spinoff, Mobil.  A new Sunoco/7-Eleven could be built in an area with less competition.  Just as long as I can use my FuelAdvantage every once in a while with another rise just made.

Monday, April 10, 2017

US Bank

Day 208/365
Omaha, NE location
Here are US Bank for a change.  When First Niagara and KeyBanks swapped and closed locations this past year, they left enough for another chain or local credit union to take over.  While my local FCU could get some (that's for another day), others may either be too close to existing locations or just not in their market area (they are only in Onondaga County).  US Bank meanwhile seem to be chiefly in the Midwest being from Hennepin County in Minnesota going towards the west coast.  Might be time they open east of the Mississippi.  I'd have to find a chain that operate in my area and Florida if I move there for the winter next year as my relatives who do that in the mid-Atlantic have to bank online so they don't have to try and set up with something there as few chains are really national.

deWitt - NY 5, Shoppingtown (former Key Bank)
East Syracuse - former HSBC (Kinne and Kirkville Roads)
Henrietta - NY 252 (former KeyBank)
Baldwinsville (Moyers Corners) - NY 31 and Ct Rt 57
Liverpool - Ct Rt 57, Shops at Seneca Mall (if Moyers Corners not chosen) or former CVS/pharmacy
Rochester (Collegetown) - NY 15, former CVS/pharmacy
Rochester (downtown) - Cumberland, N Clinton and Joseph Sts off Inner Loop (bus station after it merges operations with railway station across the street)
Bridgeport - NY 31, former Kinney Pharmacy
Chittenango - NY 5/13, same as above
Auburn - Genesee St (former Walgreens)
Cicero - Circle Drive (former McDonalds)
Westvale - NY 5 (former Pep Boys)
Oneida - NY 5 (former Tim Hortons)
North Syracuse - US 11 (same as above)
Syracuse (Shop City) - former BSBank/First Niagara Bank.
Manlius - NY 92 & 257 (former Bank of America)