It has been a year of comings and goings for the downtown retail scene. In March, Northeastern Fine Jewelry opened at the former Scoville Jeweler’s at the corner of Glen and Ridge streets.
Saratoga Sundress, a Saratoga Springs-based business, opened a fifth location in June at 10 Warren St.
In October, the Planning Board approved the plans by Peter Hoffman to renovate the old post office on Warren Street into modern office space.
Just in time for the holiday season, Jeff Strief in November opened Rude Betty – the sister store to his Happy Jacks business in Bolton Landing. The store at 18 Exchange St. sells a variety of edgy gifts includes games, cards, hats and other “fun, funky, original stuff” as described by Strief.
Also, Sonny Bonacio’s 14 Hudson Ave. building is filling up with tenants. SUNY Adirondack is going to take up much of the first floor with its relocated culinary arts program. Also, Glens Falls Hospital just announced that it has signed an agreement to lease about 30,000 square feet for unspecified expansion plans. That leaves about 5,000 to 7,000 square feet of commercial space unleased. Seventy out of the 87 residential units are leased.
However, there have also been some departures. Sandy’s Clam Bar on South Street shut down in September following a turbulent year. In the spring, the U.S. Department of the Treasury placed a lien on the building at 41 South St. because of the failure of owner Richard Mozal to pay Internal Revenue Service taxes. The building had been scheduled to be auctioned in late April, but it was canceled after Mozal paid the debt at the last minute. Mozal also has experienced health problems. In September, the bar shut down for what the owner on the Facebook page said it was temporary, but the business has not reopened.
This building could fit into the city’s redevelopment efforts. It already owns the former Hot Shots Sports Bar and a former warehouse on Elm Street next door.
In early December, 190 Grille & Cinema at the corner of Exchange and Glen streets closed its doors. Owner Heather O’Neill said she wanted to spend more time with her food truck business and with her teenage sons.
Tenée Casaccio of Fowler Building Associates, which owns the property, said she expects a new tenant will occupy the space beginning in the New Year.