I was reading The Daily Gazette Your Niskayuna paper on Saturday - we get it free each week, and I saw that the building of the former Rite Aid on Route 7 (right next door to the station) will finally be replaced...with a Dollar Tree, and I am okay with that, but as I read the article, I saw that some voting officials were worried abut what message this will send about the retail market in Niskayuna. We already have a Dollar Tree in Niskayuna that notably offers "low-cost, low-overhead, low wage jobs." The member fears that a Dollar Tree competitor may now be tempted to look at space in Mohawk Commons...and then we'd have THREE discount shops in the area...oh no! It was also noted that the location of the Route 7 store is a gateway into Niskayuna. I don't get it. What are they afraid of? That the Dollar Store will draw the wrong types into our neighborhoods or bring down our more expensive local retailers? I really don't think so. I happen to enjoy an occasional trip to the dollar store, but am not about to give up my Target runs or saving on my gas at Price Chopper. In the end, the board agreed that an abandoned building would be worse, so the Dollar Tree is hoping to open by September. What do you think? Will this send the wrong message?
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