TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga officials and business leaders hope Jan. 31 will officially mark a downtown renaissance.
That's the date Two Brothers Meat Market formally opens its new location in the former Arthur Drugs building on Montcalm Street.
"It is wonderful to see area businesses investing in their communities," said Matt Courtright, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. "Two Brothers' expansion was something that was needed for their business to grow and offer additional services, but will certainly benefit the community as a whole.
"Two Brothers' new location will be an asset by bringing additional traffic flow into the heart of downtown Ticonderoga," he added. "The revitalized buildings and traffic flow will assist in attracting new businesses to the community and drive economic growth which will have a positive impact on the entire area."
That's the hope of Gary Namer, who owns the business with his brothers Joe and Fred.
"We were born and raised in Ticonderoga," he said. "We're committed to downtown Ti. We could have got up to the Four Corners (Routes 9N and 74), but we didn't want to see another empty storefront downtown.
"There are too many vacant buildings downtown and we're saddened by it," Namer said. "We look forward to working with other businesses to market downtown Ti."
The Two Brothers move and renovation is the first project of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, created last year to help Ticonderoga's business district prosper.
The building had been vacant a decade.
Susan Rathbun, chairwoman of the Ticonderoga main Street Partnership and owner of Rathbun Jewelers downtown, believes the new store will help generate business downtown.
"TMSP and Rathbun Jewelers are thrilled that Two Brothers selected the former Arthur Drug building for this important downtown re-investment project," Rathbun said. "The storefront sat vacant for many years and now it has a fresh new look.