Carr Hardware Eyeing Scarafoni Ford Lot
Carr Hardware is hoping to move into the former Scarafoni Ford building on State Road.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Carr Hardware is planning to relocate from its space on State Street to the former Scarafoni Ford building on State Road and Roberts Drive.
Carr President Bart Raser said on Friday that a lease has not yet been settled with landlord Scarafoni & Associates but believed a deal was close. "We're feeling positive about the opportunity but it isn't done yet."
The company will appear before the Planning Board on Monday to apply for a change-of-use permit for the State Road property.
Carr Hardware has operated out of the former Tucker Toy building for 14 years, after purchasing the 192 State St. building from what was then International Outlets in 1997.
The car lot has had a couple different dealerships, the latest being Carbone Ford, which moved to a new building in Bennington, Vt., last fall to be near Carbone's other dealerships.
According to documents on file in the city's Community Development Office, Carr will have a full-service hardware, paint, lawn and garden and rental facility in the 10,000-square-foot building.
No significant changes to the color, existing footprint or parking are planned but the garage doors will be replaced on the former automotive service area.
Details of how the store would be laid out inside.
Raser said the offerings will be similar to the Pittsfield store; the company also has locations in Great Barrington and Watervliet, N.Y.
"This will be a real full-line operation," he said. "The Curran Highway store has been very limited to paint and rental."
Carr has also formed a relationship with Agway to sell its products in the new store. The last Agway in the area closed in Williamstown in 2009 after 45 years in business.
"It will be a green goods business, with flowers and plants and pets and birds supplies, which Agway is known for," said Raser.
The State Street location has had a significant drop in revenue since work began on the Hadley Overpass in 2009, to the point that it incurred the ire of the Planning Board when it was painted a bright yellow to garner attention. The Route 2 location will make the store easily accessible to customers from both Williamstown and North Adams.
"It's a great location and allows to do what we're very good at doing," said Raser. "We do a lot of commercial business that comes from our Pittsfield store. We know our North County customers will be happy with this.
"We've been trying to do this for a while. We have to move or close."
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Hadley Work Means Lane Closures
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Work on the Hadley Overpass is continuing on the southbound lane so expect some delays this week.
Mayor Richard Alcombright received an updated schedule from the state Department of Transportation on Friday of closures on the span beginning Monday, March 14.
• Monday: One lane closure to remove beams with lengthy delays possible
• Tuesday: One lane closure to remove beams with lengthy delays possible
• Wednesday: Intermittent delays, no lane closures
• Thursday: One lane closure to pick deck slabs, lengthy delays possible
• Friday: Intermittent delays, no lane closures
This schedule is dependent on the weather and work progress. The mayor said he thanks everyone for their patience
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