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Corner Store Sweep

Trouble around the corner?

Cluster of convenience stores draws Sch'dy City Council’s suspicion

The Eastern Avenue Deli and Grocery Store at 838 Eastern Ave. and the Yazan Corner Store at 837 Eastern Ave. are across the street from each other.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
The Eastern Avenue Deli and Grocery Store at 838 Eastern Ave. and the Yazan Corner Store at 837 Eastern Ave. are across the street from each other.
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There are three corner stores within one block on Eastern Avenue, each selling chips, candy and limited groceries. Now a fourth has opened just down the street, and city officials doubt there’s enough legal business to sustain them all. The proliferation caught the attention of the Schenectady City Council, which is now looking into restrictions for corner stores throughout the city. Among the ideas: requiring stores to be at least a certain number of feet ...

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ellaroo
April 17, 2014
7:11 a.m.

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Please Mayor, don't forget about the bigger chains. There's trash and suspicious activity at Rite Aid and CVS on Eastern Ave as well. If you are going to target businesses who don't keep trash picked up because it sends a certain kind of message, then be sure to make ALL the stores follow that rule!

wmarincic
April 17, 2014
7:26 a.m.

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I never saw drug dealers hanging at CVS or Rite Aid. Ellaroo.

rpandori
April 17, 2014
8:10 a.m.

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Leave it alone The strong will survive in the end. The city put the mom&pops out of business in the sixties with all there bureaucracy. Bad can show up anywhere. We just choose to ignore it when it doesn't effect us.

safny
April 21, 2014
5:18 p.m.

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This is ridiculous. Most of what is referred to in the article is not illegal activity. If there is drug dealing on the street, then at the very least there should be marked patrol cars driving by - or even stopping where this takes place. There are entire neighborhoods without real grocery stores - so people will go to what's there. Closing a store for alleged illegal activity requires PROOF. Perhaps the mayor and his cronies can spend more times on all of the horrible empty abandoned buildings with squatters, drug dealers and pipe thieves in them. This city is going to hell and all he can think about are stores.

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