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PetSmart plans store in plaza on Transit

PetSmart is coming to town.

Joe Marinaccio of Benderson Development Co. told the town Planning Board last week that the pet supply chain plans to open a 12,440-square-foot store in the northern building of the Home Depot Plaza on South Transit Road.

The board gave approval for a new loading dock that Pet-Smart needs on the rear of the building.

Marinaccio said the store will open in late September in the space next to the Cutting Crew.

That location is currently occupied by Pisa's Pizza. Marinaccio said the restaurant is negotiating a lease with Benderson for other space, although he wasn't sure whether it would be in the Home Depot Plaza.

In another matter, International Stone Gallery presented plans to open a new location at 6251 S. Transit Road, in the former Hadsell Tire store.

The business, owned by Somers G. Sherman, sells granite and marble for countertops and other home uses. It is currently located on Ridge Road, and that location will remain open.

"What he wants is a more visible location. Transit Road does that," said Timothy Arlington of Apex Contracting.

Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said a public hearing on a special-use permit for an outdoor display area will be held at 7 p.m. June 29 in the Town Court building.

The board urged Sherman to beautify the old store.

"Bottom line: This is an ugly building. It's a long way from meeting architectural requirements," board member Morris R. Wingard said.

"Just taking the tire signs down will go a long way," member Rodney W. Conrad said.

Sherman said, "We're going to clean it up. Whether it's the garage doors or the fence, that's not the way we do business."

He said he would be bringing his inventory from a warehouse at Market and Spring streets in the City of Lockport, which he would no longer lease.

International Stone also needs an area variance for the new store. The Zoning Board of Appeals has scheduled a public hearing on that for 7 p.m. June 28.

Also Wednesday, the Planning Board received, but did not act upon, plans for Introl Design's new building in the town industrial park off Upper Mountain Road. The manufacturer of electronic sensors is moving its plant from North Street in the City of Lockport.

The board did approve an expansion for Mulvey Construction Co.'s headquarters on Davison Road.

For complete coverage, go to buffalonews.com/lockport.

e-mail: tprohaska@buffnews.com

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