New owners start fresh at Arkville Country Market

By Brian Sweeney
The Arkville Country Market, a gas station and convenience store, has reopened under new ownership.

Bovina Center resident Jay Renner recently purchased the Route 28 property (across from the Delaware & Ulster Railroad). He, along with several family members, began operating the business last week.

Jay said that having gasoline and diesel available was a top priority and those products are currently being offered. Inside the convenience store, inventory is arriving daily and he expects the shelves to soon be fully stocked with a wide assortment of items.

The store has begun serving breakfast and lunch and also carries deli products for sale. The goods offered include many regional items, such as maple syrup, yogurt, butter, homemade bread and locally grown produce.

State approvals for the sale of tobacco products and beer require more time, but those items will soon be carried at the store.

Assisting Jay in the operation are his daughter-in-law, Tasha Hunter, and his grandson, McKenzie Alexander. Jay’s wife, Judy, will also be helping out, as will McKenzie’s girlfriend, Deanna Vitro.
McKenzie will serve as the store manager and primary chef, having been a cook for three years at the Lake Delaware Boys’ School.

“We make good food and serve good portions,” Jay commented.
A Bovina native, Jay has been involved in a number of successful business ventures during his career and has high hopes for the Arkville Country Market.

“I thought this property presented quite a good opportunity,” he stated.
The spacious store has been expanded several times over the years and now encompasses about 3,000 square feet. There’s also an adjacent garage area that Jay plans to rent to a local mechanic.

Dining room, Wi-Fi
The store has table seating for 24 patrons and free Wi-Fi is available for folks who need to stay connected to the Internet.

While he’s never run a convenience store, Jay has considerable business experience and is confident that the operation will do well. Jay got his start working on the family dairy farm, eventually purchasing the company from his father. He has owned and operated JR’s Quality Used Cars and Trucks for more than 30 years and three years ago he started J&J Fencing. Jay said he’s also tried his hand at several other enterprises over the years, always making certain to put the customer first.

Treat them well
“I just exchange shoes with people and treat them like I’d want to be treated,” he explained.
Because the store has changed management several times recently, the new owners said they’ll be working hard to assure customers that they’ll have gas available and will provide the services that patrons expect to fin when they stop.

The Arkville Country Market is located on Route 28, Arkville and is open daily from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. For additional information, please call 845 586-6272.