LAKE GEORGE - A number of businesses in Lake George are making upgrades and renovations to their facilities in preparation for the 2009 summer season.
Topping the list is the complete reconstruction of the Stewart's convenience store on state Rte. 9 north of Fort George Road.
This store - part of many local residents' daily routine as well as a popular stop for visitors buying coffee, gasoline and groceries - is being replaced with an updated store farther back from the street.
The existing gas pumps will be relocated to a position perpendicular to the street to allow cars to access the store more easily, while using the same underground tanks.
The new arrangement should relieve traffic congestion around the gas island, while providing more parking spaces, Stewart's spokesman Tom Malley said.
The new store is now under construction, and the existing store will remain open for business while the new one is finished and stocked.
On a date around Memorial Day, Stewart's will close for the day, remove its inventory and demolish the existing store before the new one opens the following day, Malley said, noting there should be no interruption in conducting business.
According to plans on file with the town, the store's architecture will incorporate some traditional Adirondack details, a stone-and-wood facade and shingled siding, replacing the boxy dated structure that now stands on the property.
The store will feature less glaring outdoor lighting and an adjacent picnic area, Lake George Town Zoning Officer Rob Hickey said.
Changes are also planned for several lakeside resorts.
The Surfside Motel on northern Canada Street in the village is building two multi-story buildings beside and parallel to the shore of Lake George to house 26 new suites.
In the project, the enterprise last year demolished 16 cabins on the lakeshore.