December 18, 2009
Express Mart eyes Tompkins St. expansion
Gas station will be torn down to make way for bigger store stretching into Jreck Subs site
Local Express Mart employees say the owners of the company plan to tear down the Express Mart store on Tompkins Street in the city to expand the store into the former site of Jreck Subs and offer new services, starting as soon as this spring.
Demolition workers from Cortland-based Contento’s on Monday tore down the Jreck Subs building that was next to the Express Mart on Tompkins Street at its intersection with Broadway Street.
An expansion of the gas station and food mart onto the site of the former sandwich shop has been discussed for years.
City Director of Code Enforcement Chuck Glover said this morning that the property owner has not filed plans for the project.
REROB LLC, a Dewitt-based company that owns Express Mart, bought the Jreck Subs property in October 2005, Glover said.
“Eventually, they’re hoping to build a bigger and better store,” said Debbie Quehl, co-manager at the Express Mart in Cortland.
Quehl said the space where Jreck Subs was located will probably be used to develop a car wash and a food service chain. The Express Mart would be torn down and a larger store would be built on the property of the Express Mart and the former Jreck Subs site, she said.
The store would be out of service during construction, and employees would be sent to other Express Marts or go on unemployment insurance temporarily, she said.
Quehl said Contento’s employees tore down the building from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and finished the job that day. They collected debris Wednesday, she said. The lot is now empty and snow-covered.
The building was constructed as a Red Barn restaurant, which specialized in fried chicken and hamburgers.
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