PERTH-The Stewart's Shop in town will expand its current operation after the demolition of a vacant building, formerly a NBT Bank, near the intersection of Route 30 and County Highway 107, according to Stewart's spokeswoman Maria D'Amelia.
D'Amelia said Tuesday the company was looking forward to demolishing a vacant building attached to their current shop near the four corners in Perth. D'Amelia said the vacant building, now owned by Stewart's, will hopefully be demolished in the coming year, allowing space for the construction of a new, enlarged shop.
In September, Christian Klueg of CMK & Associates Realty said the NBT Bank had been vacant for several months and had been on the market for two weeks.
According to documents in the Fulton County clerk's office, the sale occurred Sept. 4 and the sale price was $275,000.
According to D'Amelia, a permit is required to go forward with the demolition.
"We are in the process of getting approval for that," D'Amelia said.
D'Amelia said Stewart's is waiting on approval from Code Enforcement and the Planning Board before construction can proceed.
According to D'Amelia, the company is also waiting on utilities such as power and gas to be turned off at the building before demolition.
"It is just timing to make sure all the utilities are turned off and coordinating with Code Enforcement to make sure everything goes through," D'Amelia said.
According to D'Amelia, the demolition would clear space for a brand new shop.
"At this point, it is a plan we have anticipated for early next year," D'Amelia said.
The new store would be similar to stores constructed in Glenville and Rotterdam, D'Amelia said. This would include a more open floor plan with more space for customers to move through, as well as a "beer cave" or walk-in cooler for alcohol. D'Amelia also said there would be a case to allow customers to purchase cold sandwiches or submarines. However, D'Amelia said it is still early in the project.
"It still is a little early to see," D'Amelia said.
Currently, 12 employees work at the Stewart's connected to the old NBT Bank. When opened, the employees will move into the new Stewart's. Additional employees will be brought on as well.
Perth Code Enforcement Officer Mark Concilla was not available for comment.