Danby gas and food store to close

White's Fuel

DANBY — A local convenience store that appeared to be spared from closure earlier this year is shutting its doors Friday. A sign on the door at White's Fuel Stop on Route 7 said the store was closing due to “unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.” Store manager Lucy Martin, who said she had helped set up the store when it opened about 20 years ago, said “everything fell apart,” after original owner, Lawrence White, died in 2015. White’s Fuel Stop in Danby on Route 7 was offered for sale at auction in February. Local businessman Thomas Fuller Jr. was involved in the auction but ultimately didn’t buy the store. Martin said customers are “not happy” to see the store closing. “Truckers are really upset. This is the only place where they can get those big rigs in and out,” she said. On Thursday, customer Gerald Stone, of Danby, was in the store buying lottery tickets. He said he would miss the store he said he has been visiting since it opened. “I buy lottery tickets here and lots of other stuff I might need. It's the last place I can get ethanol-free gas,” he said. Stone said he also bought diesel fuel at the store. Martin pointed out White's was the last place in Danby that sold lottery tickets or had an automated teller machine. But Martin was clearly sad on Thursday. She said she and the other three employees had “tried to make it like a family store.” “Some of those truckers used to say, 'You never know what you're gonna hear at White's',” she said. The store served many Danby area truckers but also professional drivers from across the state or the country. Martin said some of the regular customers would use their citizens band radios to tell other drivers about White's. “I had a guy from Pennsylvania who used to call ahead and say, 'I'm on my way. I need an egg salad sandwich' or something. We would always have it ready. We had the best subs around,” she said. White's Fuel was open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. but Martin said she would come in early to have the store ready. She explained her dedication by saying Lawrence White was “more like a dad” than a boss. The store is closing after today but the property is being listed, at a cost of $175,000, by Ault Commercial Realty in Rutland. “It's sad to see it go,” Martin said. “It could be a good business.” More information on the store as commercial site for sale can be found at www.aultcommercial.com. patrick.mcardle@rutlandherald.com

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