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The vacant retail space between Tops Supermarket and the Rite Aid drugstore in the Town and Country Plaza has found a new occupant. A Family Dollar store is slated to open its doors to discount-seeking consumers Sept. 1.

The 8,750 square-foot space, which was formerly home to video-rental franchise Movie Gallery, women's fitness center Curves, and local business MacKinnon Liquors, was recently signed over to the national discount retail chain through a long term lease with Empire Management Company.

"I think this will be good for Cazenovia because currently there isn't a great deal of retail variety. There's not a place you can buy toys or inexpensive clothing," said property developer David Muraco, owner of Empire Management Company. "The store will feature more quantity and product availability within the town. They're really a variety store; I almost wish they weren't labeled as a dollar store. Family Dollar is good retailer, and strong company."

When Movie Gallery filed for bankruptcy and closed their doors at the end of May 2010, the last business occupying the area Muraco needed to host Family Dollar was MacKinnon Liquors.

As owner Tracy MacKinnon's lease ended in October 2010, she vacated the space and moved her business across the plaza's parking lot, opening the building for development.

"This space hasn't been available for over 25 years. So I've assembled all the pieces, and Family Dollar is very excited," Muraco said. "I think they'll bring customers from Cazenovia as well as surrounding areas like Georgetown and New Woodstock."

While the addition of a Family Dollar store has been made official, the inclusion of a Nice N' Easy gas station and convenience store on Route 20 is tentative. Muraco said he is in the process of acquiring a demolition permit for his adjacent property and hopes to make the package of land viable for developers.

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