May 2016: Business Scene

Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Community Bank

Community Bank’s West Carthage branch hosted the April Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on April 13. [Read more…]

Murray acquires three more downtown properties

Brian Murray purchased 505 Washington St. in 2014 through a bank foreclosure. He has now purchased adjacent buildings at 513 and 531 Washington St. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Brian Murray purchased 505 Washington St. in 2014 through a bank foreclosure. He has now purchased adjacent buildings at 513 and 531 Washington St. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Local real estate developer Brian H. Murray has completed another property acquisition with the purchase of the four-story Rouse Building at 531 Washington St. [Read more…]

Watertown meat plant developer: Proposed St. Lawrence County slaughterhouses could be outcompeted

This artist’s rendering shows how the New York Meat Co. at the Jefferson County Corporate Park would look when fully built. Submitted by Lunco Corp.

This artist’s rendering shows how the New York Meat Co. at the Jefferson County Corporate Park would look when fully built. Submitted photo by Lunco Corp.

Planners of small-scale slaughterhouses in Potsdam and Oswegatchie should be afraid of being overwhelmed by a larger meat plant being developed in the Watertown area, contends the developer of that plant. [Read more…]

January 2016 Cover Story: Economic Outlook

Slow and steady
growth wins the race

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Despite a few challenges, experts say the region is on pace for a positive year in 2016. Six sectors of the north country’s economy are ripe with opportunities for growth.

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A grim fate cast a pall over the north country in early 2015, as federal budget sequestration threatened to cut up to 16,000 personnel from Fort Drum in an effort by the army to trim its active duty force from 490,000 to 450,000 by fiscal year 2017. [Read more…]

Sparx seeks new site for slaughterhouse in Potsdam

POTSDAM — Now that a proposal to build a small-scale slaughterhouse in Canton has failed, United Helpers’s business Sparx is considering a site off Pine Street in the village. [Read more…]

Bird flu scrambles egg prices, affecting producers, restaurants and grocery stores

Nick Lehman and Marge Lyndaker, both of Croghan, buy eggs Thursday from Black River Valley Farms in Carthage, the largest egg supplier between Syracuse and Plattsburgh. Right, avian flu has been responsible for rising egg prices. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Nick Lehman and Marge Lyndaker, both of Croghan, buy eggs Thursday from Black River Valley Farms in Carthage, the largest egg supplier between Syracuse and Plattsburgh. Right, avian flu has been responsible for rising egg prices. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

WEST CARTHAGE — Black River Valley Farms, the largest egg supplier between Syracuse and Plattsburgh, has heard lots of feedback in recent months from its customers about how rising egg prices have cut their profit margins. [Read more…]

West Carthage Family Dollar store to relocate

Family Dollar has announced it will move from the Price Chopper Plaza on High Street, West Carthage, to a new structure to be constructed on Broad Street in the village. Photo by Elaine Avallone/Johnson Newspapers

WEST CARTHAGE — After months of going through the planning stages, the name of the discount retail store for North Broad Street has been revealed.

In a news release Wednesday, it was announced Family Dollar will move its store from Price Chopper Plaza on High Street to a new building at 21 N. Broad St., adjacent to Paul L. Vanier’s Chiropractic Office.

The 9,180-square-foot building will be leased through Michael E. Lundy and Kent Burto of Northern Developers LLC.

According to the company, construction of the store by Mr. Lundy’s Lunco Corp. will begin as soon as plans and permits are final. Northern Developers will lease the building to Family Dollar long term. The new location is planned to be open by September.

“Family Dollar is thrilled to be the first store in this new shopping center, and we look forward to offering shoppers our everyday value and convenience at this new location,” said Howard Levine, chairman and chief executive officer of Family Dollar.

The new location will provide more space for merchandise.

[Read more…]

Plans move ahead for West Carthage discount retail store

WEST CARTHAGE — Plans are continuing to bring a new business to a main thoroughfare in the village.

With no one from the public speaking during the Wednesday hearing at the village Planning Board meeting, board members accepted with certain conditions the preliminary plan for a discount retail store.

Developer Michael E. Lundy, CEO of Lundy Development Corp., has proposed a 9,000-square-foot building to lease to a national company on the property adjacent to Paul L. Vanier’s chiropractic office, 19 N. Broad St.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Mr. Lundy and the board agreed there should be 47 parking spaces for the store.

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