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Store may move to market site

August 4, 2009
By MIKE ZUMMO, The Leader-Herald

FONDA -The Cumberland Farms convenience store chain is considering developing the site of the old Great American Supermarket in the village as a replacement for its existing store, officials said Monday.

"The permit process is under way to work on the property," said Christen Graham, a spokeswoman for Cumberland Farms. "No final decision has been made."

The former Great American is located at 29 W. Main St.

The existing Cumberland Farms convenience store and gas station is located at the intersection of Main and Center streets.

Cumberland Farms bought the former Great American grocery store in late March.

The Great American closed in June 2008 due to decreasing revenue and increasing expenses. The building was the last Great American in Montgomery County after the company closed its Canajoharie store in 1998.

The remaining Great American stores are independently owned and supplied by the Great American group.

The manager said last year the decision to close had a lot to do with the high cost of gas affecting store profits. Employees had about eight days' notice before the closing was announced to the public.

The store was the Victory Supermarket before its name was changed to Great American in 1996. The last owners, the MDJ Group of New Lebanon, Columbia County, bought the store in 2007.

According to the company's Web site, Cumberland Farms is the largest convenience store and petroleum marketer in the Northeast. Cumberland Farms has about 1,000 outlets, including Gulf and Exxon outlets, and 7,000 employees in the Northeast and Florida.

The company has other local stores, including locations in Gloversville, Palatine Bridge and St. Johnsville.

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