AMSTERDAM - New businesses are popping up along Route 30 and Holland Circle Drive in the town, including an eye surgery center.
Thomas DiMezza, the town supervisor, said the firm Benderson Development is constructing a 7,700 square foot building that will include a Panera Bread, as well as one retail outlet and another eatery.
Eric Recoon, a spokesman who works in Benderson Development's Buffalo office, said the company is still taking applications to lease the space.
A new building under construction in the Amsterdam Commons on?Route 30 is shown Thursday.
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These outlets, once finished, will become part of the Amsterdam Commons. The plaza's biggest stores are Target and Kohl's. However, there are many smaller stores, such as Verizon, GameStop, Olympia Sports, Super Shoes and Dollar Tree.
"It's a nice complex," DiMezza said. "I've heard nothing but good things."
Dimezza said with Route 30's construction 40 years ago, the area where it stands has developed significantly.
"There is a reason they call it the Miracle Mile," DiMezza said.
A new eye surgery center will open in the town, as well.
Kwiat Eye & Laser Surgery will break ground Monday at Holland Circle Drive, right up the road from the Amsterdam Commons.
Ernie Belanger, chief of operations at the Kwiat Eye Center, said the new surgery center, located adjacent to the current office, will provide a surgery center closer to the community.
Belanger said if someone needed to have eye surgery currently, they would need to head to Albany.
The business could hire five or more local nurses and specialists to assist with procedures and day-to-day operations.
"Montgomery County does not have any kind of ambulatory surgery in the area, so we would be the only one in the county," Belanger said.
Belanger said the center would not be an expansion of the business, but a separate entity.
Panera Bread operates more than 1,500 company-owned and franchise-operated stores in 41 states and Ontario, Canada, under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe names, according to its website?- www.panerabread.com. The company has multiple "bakery-cafe" stores in the Capital?Region, including?Schenectady and Clifton?Park.
According to the website, the company is "widely recognized for driving the nationwide trend for specialty breads."