Fort Orange General Store Open in Downtown | Downtown Albany

Fort Orange General Store Open in Downtown

Fort Orange General Store Open in Downtown

A popular and wide-ranging soft-goods retail business that closed its doors in early June 2016 has reopened under new ownership at a new location, 412 Broadway, across from the SUNY Administration building. The Fort Orange General Store opened last week as part of a soft-opening phase, a ribbon cutting event was held on July 21. The Store’s regular hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.  

Serving as an incubator for local makers, crafters and creatives the Fort Orange General Store will continue selling many locally made products, handmade soaps and lotions, candles, jewelry, stationery, kitchen and barware—but will now be offering an even larger selection of home décor, accessories, men’s specialty products, and Albany-area themed objects. With a full calendar of workshops and community events the Store’s 2,000 sq. ft. of space was designed to be adaptable. The Fort Orange General Store will feature a variety of workshops and classes available to the public—from jewelry making and candle making, to yoga, calligraphy and embroidery classes. It can also serve as a unique event space for local groups and organizations.

“Our new location is designed to be a welcoming space for anyone who lives, works, or visits Downtown,” said Bull. “The layout of the store is meant to connect our customers to the local makers and their products, while showcasing the beauty and history of downtown Albany to residents and visitors alike.”

The Argus Building at 412 Broadway is across from the SUNY Administration building. The property was completely renovated in 2014 to include 40 apartments on its upper floors and retail space on its ground level. This location is just a short distance from the site of the original Fort Orange that was built by the Dutch West India Company in 1624.

“Retail is an integral piece of the puzzle as more people seek to live, work and play in our District,” said Executive Director of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District Georgette Steffens. “Individuals like Schuyler who invest in Downtown understand the level of investment taking place and choose to match it with unique amenities that will continue to draw people in to experience the landscape-changing transformation happening here.”

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