Efforts continue to save closing Stewart’s

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — A rally will be held Friday to save a Stewart’s shop that some say is vital to their community.

Castleton-on-Hudson residents say the Stewart’s on Main Street has been in their village for more than 40 years, and that for many it offers the only close options for milk and other groceries.

After learning the company planned to close the location this Sunday, residents jumped into action, collected more than 1,000 signatures on a petition, and also taking to social media to voice their concern.

“Unfortunately, our Castleton shop has not been a successful location for us. This closure is not a reflection of our company overall, as we continue to grow. We’re expanding to new markets and also rebuilding and improving existing locations where we are seeing growth,” said Stewart’s in a statement. “The decision to close a shop is not taken casually, and such a decision is made with the consideration of both our customers and our employees.”

But members of the “Friends Of The Castleton Stewart’s” Facebook group are asking the company give the store a three month extension to prove its worth.

“Give us a chance to show that this store can work and that this will be financially viable shop if everyone is focused on the end game which is keeping our shop open,” said group member Bob Schmidt.

The rally will be held Friday at the Stewart’s at 6 p.m., according to the groups Facebook page.

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