New stores flocking to North Greenbush redevelopment

December 05, 2017 06:06 PM

NORTH GREENBUSH - If you build it, they will shop.

At least that's the belief in North Greenbush, where construction is buzzing along on the Van Rensselaer Square shopping center at the corner of Route 4 and Route 43.

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The first store opens to customers this weekend.

ShopRite is putting the finishing touches on its new store at the Van Rensselaer Square Shopping Center in North Greenbush.

"We spent over $10 million investing in this property," explained Tom Urtz, the vice president of operations for ShopRite. "This site here at 4 and 43 has been a site we had our eye on for many years. We're happy that we finally can bring it to fruition."

The real story here isn't just the new supermarket, it's the continued development of the land here at the intersection of Route 4 and 43.

Coming soon, Michael's, TJ Maxx, Five Below, Chili's and another restaurant yet to be named.

"We're very encouraged by the other retailers that are going to be up in this mall and we're hearing a lot of good feedback from our customers, how they're looking at this area of 4 and 43 as a new destination within North Greenbush," noted Tom Urtz, the vice president of operations at ShopRite.

Also encouraging is what all the new retail activity means for the sales tax revenue. According to Supervisor Lou Desso, the development will increase North Greenbush's portion of the county sales tax and create jobs. ShopRite alone claims to have created over 200.

In the new year, traffic concerns will be addressed, thanks to more than $2 million in federal money awarded to help improve safety and traffic flow outside the shopping center.  Desso says it should all be done by the end of 2018.


WNYT Staff

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