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Nisky welcomes new supermarket

Former St. James Square renamed ShopRite Square

Niskayuna's efforts to revitalize and redevelop St. James Square got a boost with the announcement that supermarket chain ShopRite would be locating at the shopping center.

Schenectady County and Niskayuna officials announced on Wednesday, May 18, that a ShopRite would move into the former Farm Fresh supermarket location. The site has been vacant since 2004, after Farm Fresh closed shop after six months. Grand Union left the site in 2001 when the company went bankrupt.

This is great news for Niskayuna and Schenectady County, said Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature Judith Dagostino. "Filling the vacant space at St. James Square has been a top priority for our economic development team."

The new tenant has also prompted a change of names for the plaza: St. James Square will now be known as ShopRite Square. The ShopRite project is a $12 million endeavor, which took a year to finalize after ongoing talks with county and town officials. A complete refurbishment and renovation of the 55,000-square-foot space will be take place. Upgrades to the surrounding parking area, entrance roads and lighting will also be done to enhance the shopping center.

Supervisor Joe Landry said ShopRite's announcement has already spurred additional interest in the square, and he praised Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen for his help in finding prospective tenants.

"There is a lot more retail tenants looking at the site right now so we think this is going to spur a lot of development over there," said Landry.

The community focus ShopRite presented to town officials played a role in the decision to welcome the company.

"We were very impressed with ShopRite," said Landry. "They wanted to talk to us about our community and show us what they do with their community."

Councilwoman Julie McDonnell said ShopRite showed town officials other community initiatives it has been involved in.

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