Hatfield Center Store open for business
Glenn Hamill, owner of Hatfield Center Store, stands near hot drink dispensers in his store Tuesday. JAMES PENTLAND Purchase photo reprints »
HATFIELD — When Glenn Hamill decided he wanted to manage another convenience store, he didn’t have to look far downriver.
Hamill, owner of the Sunderland Corner Store for the past 4½ years, opened the Hatfield Center Store on Main Street Jan. 11. The space previously was occupied by the Main Street Market, which closed in May.
“I wanted to expand, pick up a second store,” Hamill said Tuesday. Hatfield, a small town close to home, seemed ideal, he said.
Hamill spent several weeks preparing the space, which boasts a new walk-in cooler, coffee bar and pink granite countertop. The store has a full deli, with hot and cold sandwiches, fried food and Green Mountain coffee, along with the usual convenience store items. Beer and wine and lottery tickets will be available as soon as the licenses come through, Hamill said.
The store is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends, though Hamill expects to keep it open later when warm weather arrives.
Hamill said his approach to the business is to provide a clean, bright environment, friendly service — and to try to ensure customers find what they’re looking for. He credits his father-in-law, Bruce Gordon, who ran the Dairy Mart/DB Mart in Sunderland for many years, with teaching him about the convenience store field. His prior work experience includes 25 years in the uniform business.
Hamill’s son and daughter and other family members will help out in the store as needed, but he said he plans to hire additional people to cover the extra shifts the business entails.