Crosby’s convenience store closes in Warsaw

Matt Surtel/Daily News The former Crosby’s store in Warsaw sat empty Sunday evening. Its future is still being determined.

WARSAW — The future of the former Crosby’s store on Route 19 remains to be determined following its closure last week.

Crosby’s took possession of the property four years ago when it purchased MWS Enterprises. But the convenience store — although it featured gas pumps and a Subway outlet — didn’t fit the Crosby’s business model.

“It just didn’t fit into what a prototypical Crosby’s looked like,” said Doug Galli, the company’s vice president and general manager. “... We do operate a fair number of Subways, but there was no way for us to put our proprietary food program in there. The building was just too small.”

Crosby’s has 81 locations and assesses them annually, he said. The company decided the building wasn’t going to be included in its long-term plans.

The Warsaw site is among a handful Crosby’s has divested. The Lockport-based company is still determining whether the property will be subleased or otherwise.

Crosby’s still has nearby stores in Castile and Perry.

“We’re continuing to move forward with our growth strategy and our growth plans,” Galli said. “Warsaw unfortunately wasn’t part of it.”

The convenience store — located across from Warsaw’s Walmart plaza — had been a fixture since it opened more than 25 years ago. The closure marked the second significant change within a week along the stretch of highway, as the former Cornell Cooperative Extension building was demolished about a mile away.

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