CHAZY — Chazy residents will have another option for local groceries in 2013.
The Chazy Market and Deli is projected to open in January, and Town Supervisor Staub Spiegel said it will provide some healthy competition.
“It will save a lot of people from running to Champlain and Plattsburgh for a lot of items,” Spiegel said.
He said he would shop at the deli for some groceries and that he supports the new business.
The deli will be located at 9574 Route 9 next to the post office in a building that formerly housed Border View Grocery and the Main Street Market.
Mark Wyand, owner of Northern Cakes and Snacks Outlet, said Jay Anderson, one of his longtime employees, had originally proposed the idea of opening a business in Chazy. After giving it serious thought, Wyand leased the property in February and is now working on renovations for its new use.
Chazy Market and Deli will sell pizza, soups, subs, soda, beer and deli meats, as well as grocery items that Wyand said are not currently available at other local stores.
The business will also contain a bottle-redemption center.
Friends and employees have been helping Wyand renovate the building, and other than some changes to the store’s plumbing, the only tasks that remain are a thorough cleanup and stocking the shelves.
Wyand, who owns two other businesses in the North Country, said he believes Chazy Market and Deli will employ 10 people to start and should be set to open after New Year’s. However, he said variables in his schedule prevent him from giving an exact opening date.
“We are getting a good response. People are coming out to ask about it, check on the place, and I feel it is something that Chazy needs,” he said.
At a Chazy Town Council meeting in March, locals expressed concern because Wyand was selling K2, a type of synthetic marijuana, at his Northern Cakes Snack Outlet. But Wyand said Friday that he had stopped carrying the product at his stores before it was banned in New York state and never had any intention of selling it in Chazy.
Spiegel said he believed the store will do well in Chazy, and that its current renovations appeared to be going well.
“I think it should go off without a hitch,” he said.