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I drove by the corner of Route 9 and 149 in Queensbury today, and saw the Loft restaurant and the woods that surround it and thought, "Wow, that would make a great spot for a convenience store."

Actually, I thought the opposite. My real thought was how nice it is to have that quaint eatery and ice cream stand at the edge of the outlet center sprawl, with woods surrounding it.

The last thing this area needs, in my estimation, is another convenience store, particularly in that area where there are at least 6 within a couple of miles on Route 149 and Route 9, including a new truck stop under construction on 149.

But the Queensbury Planning Board is considering an application by Cumberland Farms to put a store there, and if history is any indicator, it will likely be approved despite the glaring lack of need with Stewart's and Jolley less than a half-mile south.

I have nothing against convenience stores, particularly a local chain like Stewart's that offers more than just the junk food, gas and coffee you find in most of them.

The questions become, at what point do the planners around here decide that we have enough of them, how much worse do we want to make traffic in that area, or that maybe that stretch of woodlands is a little more important than another spot to buy cheap coffee?

-- Don Lehman



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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