New Stewarts in Malta? – By Harold Wessell

MALTA, May 20 – "You don't have a quota," Stewart's real estate director Tom Lewis recalled former company head Bill Dake saying –  when the company already had 189 stores. " If it doesn't make sense doing it... I don't just want more stores."

The company, accordingly he told Malta leaders at Monday's workshop, has  walked away from a fair amount of sites "that might have been good for one reason or another."

In particular, as the  proposal for a shop in Maltaville near the Rte. 67 entrance to Luther Forest Technology campus has evolved, Lewis acknowledged that in trying to find a specific "public benefit" – a crucial requirement for granting the Planned Development District rezoning of a property, it's all come down to water.

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