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April 20, 2013

Lenny's Shoe and Apparel plan approved

PLATTSBURGH — Construction of a Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel store in the Town of Plattsburgh is expected to start in mid May or early June.

The Town Planning Board unanimously approved plans this week for the 20,000-square-foot store, to be built just west of Garvey Hyundai.



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Lenny’s co-owner Todd McCarthy said they would like to be open by August or September and will probably have 15 to 20 full- and part-time employees.

“I think we will be a great fit in the community,” he said.

WELL-KNOWN BRANDS

McCarthy and his brother, Mark, own four Lenny’s stores in Vermont — in Barre, St. Albans and Williston, as well as a Lenny’s Outlet, also in Barre.

The stores carry family-oriented footwear and clothing, with a strong emphasis on work clothes and sporting wear. Brands include Carhartt, Columbia, Merrell, New Balance, North Face, Red Wing, Timberland, Wolverine, Woolrich, Under Armour, Uggs and others.

McCarthy said they recently landed the Dansko clog line, a big addition to their product offerings.

ADIRONDACK THEME

The L-shaped building would feature an Adirondack-inspired theme, with the main entrance at a corner of the building. The plan was approved with 70 parking spaces, with room for 10 more if necessary.

It would feature a combination of stone and siding on the exterior and a metal roof. Three cupolas are planned: one at the entrance and two on the ends of the building.

The store would have town water and sewer service.

There is room for other businesses in the building, and Todd said they have some interested parties.

One condition of approval is to build a sidewalk along the driveway to Tom Miller Road if the town were to install sidewalks along that road.

SUBDIVISION POSSIBLE

The McCarthys own 62 acres at the site. The property could be subdivided for further development at a later date, Todd said.

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