Stewart’s eyes opening new store in 2 weeks

The new Stewart’s Shop in Catskill is preparing to open in the middle of December. Sarah Trafton/Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — The new Stewart’s Shop on the corner of West Main Street and West Bridge Street is two weeks shy of opening, following a construction mishap this fall.

A large portion of the structure collapsed in September, trapping a construction worker who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

About two months behind schedule, the store is expected to open Dec. 16, Stewart’s spokeswoman Erica Komoroske said Tuesday.

The company switched contractors following the September accident, Komoroske said, citing a failure of the building’s trusses as the cause of the collapse. Komoroske did not immediately know the name of the new contractors.

“We’re excited to open the store and we’re excited that we were able to do it in 2020,” Komoroske said.

The Catskill location is part of a $45 million expansion project.

“We will have built five new shops and rebuilt 12 shops by the end of the year,” she said.

The store will have its grand opening sometime in January, Komoroske said, adding the company usually offers specials on gas, food and beverages for grand openings.

Village Code Enforcement Officer Michael Ragaini said he anticipates inspecting the store next week.

Ragaini did not know if the original contractors on the project received any citations or were fined. Perez Construction, of Catskill, was working on the site at the time of the collapse, under the direction of XCL Construction, of Cicero.

An unidentified employee of Perez Construction was transported by Town of Catskill Ambulance to Columbia Memorial Health after the collapse as a precaution.

The man was on a ladder and was struck by a couple of boards when they fell, Catskill Police Chief David Darling said in September.

“He was released the same day. He is OK,” Perez Construction owner Miguel Perez said in September.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not completed its inspection of the site, U.S. Department of Labor Regional Director for Public Affairs Ted Fitzgerald said Tuesday.

Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley said the cause of the collapse was twofold.

“The reason for the collapse was due to two things — the trusses were not shored up fully, and we had high winds that day,” Seeley said in September. “It was a combination of the two that caused the mishap.”

Village planners approved the new 3,996-square-foot Stewart’s Shop in May. The store is located where Mountain T-Shirt was before its demolition in August.

The village planning board will hold a public hearing on another gas station, a Sunoco proposed for Route 9W, on Jan. 11.

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Great report, as always. Stewart’s has a history of positive proactive community advocacy. Vincent Seeley is NOT the President of the Village of Catskill.

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