2 more drug stores in Cobleskill?


By Patsy Nicosia

Even as work continues demolishing two buildings on the south side of Cobleskill’s Main Street for one chain drug store, another is again eyeing the north side.
Village Codes Enforcement Officer Mike Piccolo confirmed Thursday that his office has had “informal talks” with developers interested in building a Rite Aid across from the planned CVS.
Mr. Piccolo said the developers have asked for confidentiality until they have a more formal proposal, but have already shared informal site plans.
The Rite Aid would be the standard size for a store, Mr. Piccolo said, about 14,000 square feet.
Previous plans to build a Rite Aid at about the same spot would have involved taking down the Eagles Aerie and Car Quest building.
However, this time around, Mr. Piccolo said, developers are talking about demolishing the four homes to the east of Car Quest, starting with the Victorian-style former Bellinger home.
Mr. Piccolo said the project developers reportedly have options on the homes.
On the south side of the street, at the corner of East Main Street and Trestle Lane, he said, the demolition crew has until Thursday to demolish the old Scott home and former Century 21 building before permits expire.
That work has gone slower than expected; in July, when the project was approved, developers said they hoped to break ground by the fall.
That building will be 13,600 square feet with a Colonial-style look and a drive-thru.
Developers said in July they expect to employ about 24 employees.