New business planned for Arkville building
By Joe Moskowitz
An historic Arkville building that has been unoccupied for several years is about to be filled again.
Last week the Middletown Planning Board approved Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar’s plan to put three new businesses in the building, which most recently was the factory for G. Williker’s children’s clothing.
The 18,000-square-foot building on county Route 38 has a long and storied history. Early television legend Milton Berle used to spend summers in Arkville, as the building was the home of his uncle’s furniture factory.
In later years it was used to manufacture suitcase handles. In the 1960s, Adirondack baseball bats were made there.
For several years it housed the Auto Memories antique and classic car museum. And then, G. Willikers.
Molnar purchased the building several years ago in the county tax sale, and now he is ready to do business.
Two retail spaces are planned. One will be by appointment only. It will sell baby gift baskets. The other store will be mostly for grownups. He is planning a 4,000-square-foot discount beer and beverage store.
The third business will be an indoor storage facility for items such as cars, boats, and equipment like forklifts. Customers would be able to use the facility 24 hours a day.
Planning Board member from Katherine Somelofsi insisted that the board wait a year and if there are any objections from neighbors, then the operating hours could be reduced.
Molnar say he has no timetable. He wanted to get approval first. He says he has been talking to several people who are interested in running the beer and beverage store.