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APA helps Indian Lake with grocery study

Agency looks to help other Adirondack communities

Adirondack Park Agency (APA) staff recently completed a marketing study that could help the town of Indian Lake attract a grocery store chain.

And the most likely prospects are IGA and Big M.

It’s been more than three years since the Indian Lake Market opened as an IGA affiliate in 2005 after Tops Friendly Markets closed.

That left the community without a supermarket.

Locals can get some food items at smaller stores such as the Stewart’s Shops and Adirondack One Stop convenience stores but have to travel to North Creek’s Grand Union about 20 miles to the east or Charlie Johns General Store (Big M) in Speculator about 24 miles to the south to get more substantial groceries.

Enter Dan Kelleher, APA special assistant for economic affairs and one-man operator of the Agency’s Economic Services Unit. He’s been on the job for a little over a year, and handed economic development leaders in Indian Lake and Hamilton County the Indian Lake Grocers Analysis in December. He compiled the report with help from the APA’s Local Government Services Unit staff so Indian Lake can use it to attract a new grocery store.

“To have a sustainable community, you really need a grocery store or else people kind of get tired of driving 20 miles to get their daily needs,” Kelleher said. “So providing a grocery store in an isolated community like Indian Lake, it will help that community’s sustainability by having people be able to stay and live there full time.”

Kelleher said the idea for this report came after a conversation with Brenda Valentine, vice president of the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation (Indian Lake Planning Committee).

“Without such a study, communities are kind of shooting from the hip to attract everybody,” Kelleher said. “This allows a more targeted effort.”

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