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Direct Deposit to fill empty downtown Wbg. storefront

Lou and Dean Ackley stand in front of the former Stewart's Shop in downtown Warrensburg where they are relocating their enterprise, Direct Deposit Redemption Center. Town officials said this week they were pleased that the building, vacant for more than a year, was now not only going to become active, but be beautified with flowers and plantings, considering the Ackleys' reputation for keeping their properties attractive.

Lou and Dean Ackley stand in front of the former Stewart's Shop in downtown Warrensburg where they are relocating their enterprise, Direct Deposit Redemption Center. Town officials said this week they were pleased that the building, vacant for more than a year, was now not only going to become active, but be beautified with flowers and plantings, considering the Ackleys' reputation for keeping their properties attractive. Photo by Thom Randall.

— A landmark store in downtown Warrensburg, empty for over a year, will soon be open to the public again.

The former Stewart’s convenience store on Main St. will be reopening April 9 as Lou and Dean Ackley’s Direct Deposit Redemption Center.

The Ackleys bought the store and property from Stewart’s Shops of Saratoga Springs for $200,000. The sale closed last month, after about a year of negotiations. In December 2010, the Warrensburg Stewart’s store moved north several blocks to a new location.

For about seven years, Direct Deposit has been located a quarter-mile north behind LeCount-Cooper Real Estate at 3918 B Main St. in Warrensburg.

Lou and Dean Ackley said this week that that considering the thousands of vehicles that drive directly past the former Stewart’s store daily, they expect area residents to discover the drop-by convenience that Direct Deposit offers for redeeming containers for cash.

“Our new store will have a much better location — with a lot more visibility and parking space — and were hoping it will increase our business,” Lou Ackley said.

In the meantime, the Ackleys are reconstructing the interior of the building to suit their needs, including building an interior wall and customer counters.

The upcoming improvement to the downtown streetscape is likely to go beyond merely filling up a vacant building, however.

The Ackleys have plans to upgrade and beautify the property with plants and flowers — and Town officials said this week the the two are known to take pride in their landscaping.

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