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Convenience shop in Clarendon under new management

by Kari Ashworth - Executive Editor
Wed, Feb 19th 2020 10:00 am
Van's Pit Stop, located in Clarendon, New York, held its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 30. Jeremy VanAmeron (above) owns and operates the shop along with his wife, Tracy, and their three children, Zach, Justin and Ali. Photo Credits: Kari Ashworth/ Executive Editor
Van's Pit Stop, located in Clarendon, New York, held its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 30. Jeremy VanAmeron (above) owns and operates the shop along with his wife, Tracy, and their three children, Zach, Justin and Ali. Photo Credits: Kari Ashworth/ Executive Editor
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A new convenience shop has opened in Clarendon, New York. Located at 4530 Holley Byron Road, Van’s Pit Shop offers fried food, subs, coffee and more.

Jeremy and Tracy VanAmeron run the shop, along with their three children, Zach, Justin and Ali.

The VanAmerons bought the building back in October with the intention of moving their auto repair shop from Albion, New York. 

“I bought the building; I have an auto repair shop in Albion, and I bought the building to move the shop up here and this is just kind of an added bonus to go with it,” Jeremy VanAmeron said. “My goal is that we do this place first, get this up and running and then I’ll do the shop. So essentially it will be split half the other side will be the auto repair shop, this side will be the convenience store slash food and gas station.”

For now, the convenience shop is open for business, as well as the gas pumps, and the VanAmerons offer a wide variety of food. The list includes wings, chicken tenders, burgers, subs, mac and cheese bites, pizza logs, mozzarella sticks, fries, curly fries and onion rings. Jeremy VanAmeron hopes to launch the “Pit Plate” within the coming weeks as well, which is Van’s spin on the garbage plate. Van’s also offers breakfast sandwiches.

The VanAmerons have seen quite a few customers since the grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 30.

“It really varies depending on the day,” Jeremy VanAmeron said. “And it’s weird; one day we’ll get a rush at 2:30 [p.m.] all the way until 5:30 [p.m.] and then we won’t have anything until about 7 [p.m.]. Other days, it will get busy at 5 [p.m.] and we’ll be busy until 7:30, 8 o’clock. It’s all over the place.”

Jeremy VanAmeron recalled one morning where the parking lot was full of cars around 5:30, all full of customers waiting for breakfast to be served. Tracy VanAmeron said Van’s has gotten good business for the most part.

“We’ve done pretty well for lunch; he does pretty well for breakfast,” Tracy VanAmeron said. “Dinner depends on the day.”

Since the shop is more of a convenience store than a restaurant, people typically take their orders to go. There is seating space in the back, however, and this is expected to be a perk for when the auto repair shop is officially opened.

“We don’t really serve any sit down meals; you can order things to go,” Jeremy VanAmeron said. “But if they want to sit down, there’s a spot for them. And I will have a waiting area downstairs, too, for the shop. But it kind of works hand in hand because they could come up and get a sandwich while they’re waiting or just have a cup of coffee.” 

One struggle the VanAmerons have had with the shop is getting the word out that it is under new management. Jeremy and Tracy explained when they acquired the shop, it was not in the best shape. The VanAmerons did a full renovation inside, moving a wall back to make more space, painting the walls, retiling the floor and buying new storage racks. All of the products in the shop are new as well. 

“We’ve had signs on the pumps for probably two months and there’s still people that will come in everyday and say ‘oh, I just read the signs on the pumps.’ They’ve been here 20 times, but they don’t — they finally take the time to read it. And they come in and they’re like, ‘wow.’ They’re surprised because it’s all new.”

Van’s Pit Stop is open Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you would like to stay updated on its gas prices and food options, you can visit its Facebook page: Van’s Pit Stop.

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