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ShopRite approved in Colonie

Plans for a new ShopRite and gas station were approved by village officials in Colonie, New York, last night, according to the developer.

The planning commission voted in favor to allow the construction of the 70,000 square foot store and 14-pump gas station on the site of Otto Cadillac, said Joe Nicolla, president of Columbia Development Cos.

“We still have some conditions to meet but the board gave us approval,” Nicolla said. “We hope to be done with those conditions within the next 60 days.”

Nicolla spoke to The Business Review by phone late Tuesday night after the planning commission met. Village officials were not available for comment.

Construction of the store and gas station would take about a year.

Otto Cadillac plans to move to the former Saturn dealership nearby.

The project had been controversial, as some property owners objected to the noise and traffic that will be generated by the development.

Nicolla told the village steps will be taken to minimize the impact, including erecting sound-buffering walls and installing landscaping.

Columbia Development worked with ShopRite to open a store in Niskayuna last fall, and is building two others in Albany and Bethlehem for the New Jersey-based chain.

ShopRite is making an aggressive push to take on the area’s dominant chain, Price Chopper, after a 20-year absence from the area.

“We’re very excited,” Nicolla said of the Colonie site. “We think this is a great addition to the region. Competition is good for the marketplace.”


Source: The Business Review

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