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Bringing convenience back to New Hartford

NEW HARTFORD (KWWL) -- In 2008, New Hartford was a hit with a one, two punch. In May of that year, a north side subdivision was destroyed by an EF5 tornado. Then in June, the community was hit with a record flood.

After the waters receded the only gas station and convenience store in town decided not to rebuild. Kwik Star decided to demolish the old store and focus on rebuilding a bigger store in Parkersburg.

For the people of New Hartford the new convenience store will live up to it's name. The people there say they have had to drive miles out of their way just to pick up the bare essentials.

"We lost a lot of houses in the flood and the buyout and everything and so this is just another sign we're rising back up and moving forward and want to grow again," said New Hartford Mayor, John Anderson.

Joe Simon is one of the developers of the new convenience store. He has taken part in developing similar stores in Grundy and Franklin Counties.

"I got a call from an economic group here in New Hartford and answered a few questions for them and then it become very obvious that they need a store here and it just seemed like the right thing to do for not only the people of New Hartford, but also the investors would be served as well," said Simon.

"I'm looking forward to being their first customer, I hope I can be," said Senator Charles Grassley.

Grassley, who is from New Hartford, is proud of the progress in his home town.

"I really applaud Mr. Simon for coming in to do this. It shows that entrepreneurship works in America," said Grassley.

Crews have been hauling in dirt to the convenience store site. They are trying to raise this store above the flood plane, which is a major concern because of frequent flooding of the Beaver Creek.

The name of the new store is The Curve as it is located on the north New Hartford curve on Highway 57. It's expected to be finished by early winter.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer


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