What’s the latest at Scotts Corner Market?
Scotts Corner Market in Pound Ridge originally opened in 1952; Billy Fortin, who spent the first six months of his life living above The Bedford Playhouse, has owned and operated it for decades.
As renovations to the former Trinity Corners shopping center, now called Pound Ridge Square, move forward, Fortin’s making changes to his store to be renamed The Market at Pound Ridge Square. “Everybody calls it ‘The Market’ anyway,” Fortin says. (Layout shown here.)
He’s creating a state-of-the-art supermarket with all the bells and whistles. “Food trends are different than they were ten years ago,” Fortin says. “People want organic. They want local. Fewer people choose to cook, so we’re going to have a 12-foot, five-deck case of freshly prepared food.” The deli section is now The Market Café.
Fortin recently hired a chef trained in nutrition and gluten-free. There will be restaurant seating for 30.
The flower and gift section is expanding, and he’s developing a delivery shopping service. “We’re teaming up with Hudson Valley Harvest, which has hundreds of farms in upstate New York. People want local, and that’s what I’m going to give them.”
Fortin says he expects The Market to be completed in early 2017.
Invited to be one of the owners of the new shopping center, Fortin declined. “I want to focus on my market. I’m investing in my company and my staff. I don’t have a big corporate dude here pushing my buttons,” he continues. “I don’t want to be in the real-estate business. A lot of people are counting on me to make this work.”