FULTON, NY – If you’ve been traveling around the city of Fulton lately, you may have noticed a few changes.
The building that once housed the movie rental store Family Video at 104 W. Broadway is now under construction.
The former Family Video sign at the corner of W. Broadway and Route 48 tells customers that the business has moved to 165 S. Second St.
Joe Fiumara, executive director of the Fulton Community Development Agency, confirmed that Auto Zone is currently renovating the building on W. Broadway to suit their needs to open a store location in Fulton.
The building was designed and constructed by Family Video in 2009 after demolishing a church that once stood on the property.
The Family Video store officially opened in 2010.
After constructing a unique building in a location Family Video officials were once adamant about and maintaining seven years of successful business, many have questioned why the store has relocated.
Fulton’s Family Video manager, Tom Loughrey said the decision was left to the store’s parent company, Highland Ventures Ltd.
“They own the property, and Auto Zone basically made a good enough pitch to lease the building,” Loughrey explained. “So we began looking for a new location in the city that would suit our needs. We never considered leaving Fulton, we really wanted to stay in town.”
The location at 165 S. Second St. proved the most ideal considering it had once been home to a different movie rental store, Movie Gallery.
“I actually prefer the lay out of this store. Since it was once a video store, it does really well to fit our needs. We’ve had some growing pains, but we’ve already made some slow but sure progress here,” he added.
The location needed some general cleaning up and figuring out a significantly smaller parking lot were a couple of the setbacks Family Video staff needed to adjust to.
“We plan to continue making progress and look forward to making this new location our own as well, doing our own part to help the community in this area,” Loughrey added.
Auto Zone representatives did not respond to attempts to contact for comment regarding the store’s anticipated opening.