Brewerton revitalization on hold again

— Until that step comes, everything else is on hold.

“It’s all part of that whole bundle,” Boyke said. “Nothing else will happen until the park is done. It’s all a matter of money. We have to have money to match the grant to submit to DOT, and they’ll pay us back.”

On the plus side, things are happening elsewhere in Brewerton. As noted in last week’s Star-Review, a Nice N Easy megastore is being constructed on Bartel Road. It’s the first time Brewerton has had its own grocery store in a number of years.

“There used to be a Big M, I believe, but between the two big Walmarts, the Wegmans in Cicero, the Target, they just got squeezed out,” Boyke said. “We’ve been trying to entice a grocery store or some type of facility in there, but it’s pretty tough to do with that kind of competition.”

John MacDougall, president and CEO of the Canastota-based Nice N Easy chain of stores, thought Brewerton would be an ideal place to try out a new concept he was thinking about, and Boyke said she jumped at the chance.

“We had quite a discussion on it,” she said. “Brewerton needs a grocery store, something that would be reasonably priced that would carry fresh produce and meat. He came back and told me they’d like to bring a megastore into Brewerton because they found there would be a need for it.”

The new 7,000-square-foot store will have an entirely new design with groceries inside as well as an eatery, plus enhanced gas pump islands.

“I hope it’s going to encourage people to at least stop,” Boyke said. “Hopefully it’s also going to encourage other types of businesses that would attract tourists.”

Boyke, a lifelong Brewerton resident, said she still has high hopes for the revitalization project despite all the delays.

“I lived there all my life,” Boyke said. “I’ve seen it when it was a hamlet and over the years I’ve watched it spread out and expand. It’s a nice, quaint town and I’d like to see it grow, and I’d like to encourage other people to come enjoy the quaintness of the town.”

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