Now we know: Big plans for Price Chopper Plaza


By Jim Poole

Big changes are coming to Price Chopper Plaza in Cobleskill.
Label Shopper is moving out, Marshalls department store is moving in, and there will be a shuffling of other businesses.
Village of Cobleskill Codes Officer Mike Piccolo confirmed the changes and showed plans for Marshalls in his office Friday.
The off-price clothing giant will take over the Label Shopper space and also the next three places: a vacant storefront, The Everything Shoppe and the Maureen LaRose Barber Agency.
Plans call for renovations that will make those three storefronts flush with what’s now the front of Label Shopper.
The new store will be 22,500 square feet, almost double Label Shopper’s current size, according to preliminary plans, Mr. Piccolo said.
The Maureen LaRose Barber Agency will move to the vacant storefront where Gamestop had been, next to Price Chopper.
“For them, it’s a good move,” Mr. Piccolo said of the insurance agency’s shift. “There’s more traffic there.”
Run by the Schoharie County Council of Senior Citizens, The Everything Shoppe is close to having a new location. The Shoppe in the plaza is closing this Saturday.
“The plaza owners have been very gracious with us,” said Executive Director Kim Witkowski of The Gathering Place.
She added that the Senior Council will be opening another Everything Shoppe at 209 Main Street, Sharon Springs, on June 1.
Other plaza businesses––BQ Tax & Accounting, Little Italy, Great Wall, Beauty Nail and Spa, and Cellar 77 Wine and Liquors––are unaffected.
“Personally, I think it’s a win-win for the Village of Cobleskill and the surrounding area,” Mr. Piccolo said.
Mayor Becky Terk agreed, adding that the move shows that a major retailer has faith in Cobleskill’s economy.
“I’m really excited,” Mayor Terk said, “and I think it’s just a start.”
Mr. Piccolo said work was expected to begin May 15 but may be delayed.
Label Shopper President Peter Elitzer did not respond to phone calls in time for this story.