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Wbg.-Lake George Price Chopper to break ground Wednesday Oct. 16

Heavy equipment operators conduct excavation and other site preparation work recently on the property near Prosser Road and Bakers Crossing, in preparation for the construction of the new Price Chopper shopette near Northway Exit 23. A groundbreaking ceremony is to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 16 at the site.

Heavy equipment operators conduct excavation and other site preparation work recently on the property near Prosser Road and Bakers Crossing, in preparation for the construction of the new Price Chopper shopette near Northway Exit 23. A groundbreaking ceremony is to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 16 at the site. Photo by Thom Randall.

— A groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Price Chopper supermarket just south of Warrensburg is set to take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 16.

Neil Golub, Chairman of the Board of the 119-store chain is expected to attend the event. Also scheduled to attend are state Assemblyman Daniel Stec, Lake George Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson, and Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty.

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking, to occur at the site of the new store, located between Bakers Crossing Road and Prosser Road. The complex is about 150 feet off Rte. 9, across from Warrensburg McDonald’s restaurant.

The full-service supermarket and its host shopping plaza are expected to be a reality by early next summer, according to Price Chopper Vice President Mona Golub and area officials.

The plaza includes a 2,200-square-feet freestanding building that is to house a TrustCo bank branch and a 4,000 square-feet building that is to host a retail store.

The plans also call for another 10,600 store — adjacent to the supermarket — which could be built later on.

The supermarket, at 30,500 square feet, is to be about half the size of the major supermarkets in Glens Falls.

To accommodate the new plaza, McDonald’s parking lot exit was relocated about 30 feet north to create a symmetrical four-way intersection at Prosser Road. This redesigned Rte. 9 intersection was recently reconstructed to include sidewalks and new curbs. It is scheduled to have a traffic signal installed within several months. The new intersection features a central left turn lane routing northbound Rte. 9 traffic onto Prosser Road.

A traffic study submitted last year estimates that as many as 420 vehicles per hour will be visiting the plaza.

The site is on a steep grade, and the parking lot cuts fairly deep into a slope. The bank office is to sit at the north end of the development by Prosser Road, and the grocery store and the attached larger retail space is to be at the southern end of the plot near Bakers Crossing Road.

Basic site preparation, including initial grading for the plaza, has been accomplished.

Mona Golub said a schematic of the Price Chopper supermarket and its extensive amenities would be unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Local officials have said that consumers will benefit from the competition provided by the major chain driving down local grocery prices.

Price Chopper stores generate a total of about $3.3 billion revenue annually.

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