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New Business Looks to Move Into Former Kmart


The Kmart in the Town of Cortlandville closed back in 2017 along with several other stores in the Central New York Region. Since then, the massive 106,000 Square Foot store has sat vacant in a plaza that has had a limited number of stores.

The shopping plaza, Cortlandville Crossing, has only four major tenants including a Price Chopper, Marshalls, Dollar Tree, and CNY’s last remaining JCPenney.

During last night’s Cortlandville Planning Board meeting, board members reviewed an application for a conditional permit for TK Storage, a Southern Tier business who is looking to move into the former Kmart and open an indoor storage facility.

The storage facility would not be individual units, but a storage facility for cars, boats, and motorcycles, essentially items that would typically not fit in storage units, but no household items. TK Storage currently operates three locations, two in Binghamton and one in Horseheads. The company specializes in moving into large vacant retail stores noting in their application of moving into a former Bon-Ton store.

The facility would only be open to one customer at a time and would be by appointment only. No alterations or changes to the building itself is planned as the company would utilize the open floor space. Customers would also not be allowed to work on their vehicles inside the facility.

Overall board members had no issue with the proposed storage facility and were satisfied with security plans and the information on the fire sprinkler system being up-to-date.

Pricing for storage would go as follows:

  • All cars – $100 a month
  • Boats (single axle) – $100 a month
  • Large boats – $150 a month
  • Motorcycles – $25 a month

The Planning Board voted unanimously to approve a conditional permit for the operation. TK Storage looks to start accepting customers by this Fall.

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