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Snapshot: Tops - Schroon Lake, NY

Here's a look at another former Grand Union, also in the Adirondacks. The small town of Schroon Lake, NY, is a vacation center and has one supermarket -- Tops, operating in a building built as a Grand Union. It closed in 2001 and was re-opened as Tops before they sold this location as part of a bundle to C&S Wholesale Grocers, which operated the store as a Grand Union Family Market. It was bought back by Tops sometime around 2012.
 Looks like this store was built with a slightly more deluxe facade than most Grand Unions, and it matches the personality of the small town well.


  1. It appears to be a later one based off the green trim. Perhaps it replaced an older location on the site?

    1. Yep, this looks like a later Grand Union. Historic Aerials shows the building looking very new in 1995, and not present in 1971 (though there is a much smaller building on the property that looks a lot like an old supermarket). That building dates back to about 1950.

    2. It could either have been an old A&P or older Grand Union. A lot of the GU stores that didn't close (mostly Adirondacks) appear to be very small 1960s* and earlier locations that were partially renovated in the 1970s with mansard facades.

      And speaking of newer Grand Unions, the Bolton Landing one caught fire in 1997 and was rebuilt the following year, hence the current one having green trim and flooring. The original GU was around 30 years old at the time.

    3. I'm in the processing of uploading my archives of several Adirondack Tops stores on the blog. Already uploaded one of them.


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