The Endicott village planning board has cleared the way for Byrne Dairy to open its first convenience store in Broome County.

The board has given the final approval to a site plan and the permits needed for the project at East Main Street and Loder Avenue.

Mayor Linda Jackson said "they can start construction immediately."

Workers were cleaning out the former Endicott Friendly's restaurant building on September 8, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Byrne Dairy vice president Christian Brunelle said the company is "excited" that it will be able to proceed with development of the Endicott store.

Brunelle expected work to demolish the old Friendly's restaurant building on the site would get underway soon. He did not provide a date for the anticipated opening of the new store.

Brunelle confirmed that the state Department of Transportation rejected Bryne's request to allow left turns onto East Main Street from the business.

The DOT expressed safety concerns if left turns were permitted. Customers will be able to utilize a traffic signal at the Loder Avenue intersection to proceed east from the store.

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