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7-Eleven closes convenience stores in Potsdam, Norwood

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POTSDAM — Two Wilson Farms/Sugarcreek convenience stores purchased by the 7-Eleven chain in 2011 have closed their doors.

The stores at 80 Market St. in Potsdam and 26 N. Main St. in Norwood were among the 188 stores in the state that 7-Eleven purchased two years ago.

Neither was among the five north country locations recently purchased by Stewart’s Shops.

Charles J. Marshall, who works as a real estate developer for Stewart’s, said the chain purchased Wilson Farms/Sugarcreek’s second Potsdam location on Maple Street as well as stores in Heuvelton, Watertown, Lake Placid and Keeseville.

Mr. Marshall said Stewart’s isn’t planning to close any of the stores but is planning additions for both of the St. Lawrence County locations, noting the company will go before the village of Potsdam Planning Board on May 2. He said the additions planned for each location will allow walk-in coolers and freezers. A smaller addition is also being planned for the store in Heuvelton, but Mr. Marshall said customers at that store will likely notice little, if any, difference.

Items that have changed include merchandise offerings.

“The first week we let the transition happen,” he said, adding they then began rolling out small changes such as offering Stewart’s brand products and ice cream, including the make-your-own sundae bar for which Stewart’s is known.

Wilson Farms executives deferred comment to 7-Eleven, whose executives did not return a telephone message left Friday afternoon.

A third Wilson Farms/Sugarcreek store in Gouverneur not purchased by Stewart’s remains open, although an employee who answered the phone Friday afternoon said the store would close April 18 for a transitional period before reopening under new ownership. The employee said he understands the stores closed in Potsdam and Norwood are not part of the new owner’s plans and are likely to remain closed.

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