CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — Stewart’s Shops opened its latest store in southern Saratoga County last week with reduced prices on ice cream cones, gasoline, grilled hot dogs, and a contest that could win some lucky contestant $100.
To add to last Friday’s mid-day merriment and as another sign of its commitment to the community, company officials contributed $2,000 to the Friends of Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. The Friends will use the funds on Chrome Book laptops for the facility’s Children’s Library.
The new store is located at 1736 Route 9, directly in front of a Residence Inn. The site was strategically chosen to serve commuter traffic on the busy, four-lane road as well as give southbound motorists easy access to all that Stewart’s has to offer.
The opening drew a number of elected officials including state Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, R-Ballston, and Clifton Park Supervisor Philip Barrett. As one of the largest employers in the county, the Stewart’s Shops opening also drew Todd Shimkus, the director of the Saratoga County Chamber and Pete Bardunias, the senior vice president community advancement for the Capital Region Chamber.
Stewart’s Shops is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Joining in the day’s festivities were the company’s popular humanoid mascots, Flavor and Fresh, a cow and hen, respectively.
There are 10 Stewart’s Shops in the Clifton Park and Halfmoon area. The new 3,700-square-foot store has what everyone has come to expect in Stewarts, a wide variety of hot food items, fresh coffee, baked goods, ice cream, beer, milk, soft drinks, paper products, and other daily necessities like gas pumps.
The impact that Stewart’s Shops makes on residents was not lost on the public officials who helped with the ribbon-cutting.
“I want to thank Stewart’s for their continued commitment to the community throughout the years,” Barrett said. “They obviously like Clifton Park because we have a lot of these ceremonies for brand new stores and refurbished stores. You see the constant evolution of the business. They are a proud private partner for us here in Clifton Park.”
In his remarks, Tedisco noted that the company sets a good example for anyone in public service by their caring, concern, and love for their constituents.
“It’s always nice when we open a new Stewarts because it’s symbolic of the future; more jobs, more sales tax for the community, and more contributions to the people they serve,” he said. “It’s a good example for public service. They’re here as a business, yes, but they’re also here to give back to the community. We’re proud to have them in the 49th Senatorial District.”
Stewart’s, he said, is a good example of how to make the country’s economic engine run.
Walsh said she was amazed that the company was celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. In a personal anecdote, she recalled going to Hoffman’s Playland in Latham and enjoying kids’ rides knowing all the time there was a Stewart’s across the street where they offered make your own sundaes.
“I grew up in the Capital Region, I’ve been around Stewart’s my whole life,” she said.
According to company spokeswoman Erica Komoroske, the company has a total of 340 stores and employs 5,000 people in its New York and Vermont stores. Two hundred of those stores dispense non-ethanol gas, a product valued by owners with small engine machinery. To make finding the gas easier, the company has a link for it on its website.
And, as a nod to the fall season, Stewart’s has placed a giant pumpkin outside the shop where people can guess how many pounds it weighs. The person with the closest guess without going over the actual weight will win a $100 Stewart’s My Money Card.
Submit your vote at the new Clifton Park shop only. Drop your guess in the clear jug by the register. The contest ends Friday, Oct. 16. The winner will be contacted.