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Lancaster to host new Pool Mart, expanded Tom's Pro Bike store

Pool Mart is opening a new store in Lancaster and a 14-year-old bike shop is expanding its existing store in the town because of increased demand for its high-end bicycles.

The new Pool Mart is a specialty retail store and storage space opening in a former pet food store across Transit Road from its flagship Cheektowaga store.

And Tom's Pro Bike is expanding its Walden Avenue store, where bikes range in price from $500 to $15,000 for top-of-the-line models.

"Business has been great," bike shop owner Tom Lonzi said Monday night in Lancaster Town Hall, where Town Board members discussed both projects.

Pool Mart will construct an addition that roughly doubles the size of the building it purchased at 6447 Transit Road, across the street from its Cheektowaga store at 6410 Transit.

The Cheektowaga store is the largest of its five area stores, where Pool Mart sells pools and recreation equipment.

The Pool Mart project received the green light from members of the Lancaster Town and Planning boards, who found no negative environmental impact during a joint review conducted Monday.

The expanded facility could open next summer, William Kissinger, Pool Mart's president, said following the review session, known formally as a state environmental quality review. The Planning Board previously recommended approval.

Pool Mart took over the Lancaster building, which used to be home to Stapley Feed Center, on June 1. The company is cleaning up the former pet food store and plans to construct a 6,300-square-foot addition.

Part of the building will be used for storage, though no chemicals will be stored there and nothing will be stored outside, Town Board member Donna G. Stempniak said after the hearing.

Five new employees are likely to be hired to staff the new store, Kissinger said.

At Tom's Pro Bikes, five to seven new employees could be added to the five who now work at the shop once the expansion is completed late next year, Lonzi said.

The bike shop owner is investing $1 million into the expansion, Supervisor Robert H. Giza said.

Lonzi said he is building around his existing store at 3687 Walden Ave., and the new facility will total 7,000 square feet.