Belchertown Pride store set to open in spring

Staff Writer
Published: 2/11/2019 11:03:47 AM

BELCHERTOWN — The Pride Store set to open on State Street should be ready for business in early summer, according to the Springfield-based chain’s CEO. 

The 24-hour gas station and convenience store will feature a full Pride kitchen, which includes a deli, cafe bakery and Chester’s fried chicken, as well as beer and wine sales, said Pride CEO Bob Bolduc. Thirty parking spaces will also be available.

Construction began in the fall and is currently stalled by winter weather, Bolduc said.

“What happened was winter came along and caught us before we had the foundation done, and then the ground freezes and you can’t do it,” Bolduc said. “So we're ready to start up again as soon as the snow melts and the ground thaws.”

The company purchased the 165 State Street land, which covers just over 1 acre at the intersection of Routes 202 and 21, for $800,000. The site was previously vacant. 

“We like the town, we like the site and we like the location of traffic,” Bolduc said. “Very nice town to do business.”

The Springfield-based chain currently operates over 30 stores in western Massachusetts and north-central Connecticut.

As a new gas station prepares to open, demolition has begun on the old Mobil Station at nearby North Main Street, although Colvest Realty Group CEO Frank Colaccino, whose company owns the property, said that there are no other plans for the site at the moment.

“We just wanted to clean the site up,” he said, adding that the group hopes to “eventually” have a new tenant at the location. 

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.


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