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Raceway Mini-Mart on East Main, Batavia, has closed

The Raceway Mini-Mart at 629 E. Main St., Batavia, has closed.

A customer contacted us last week about the impending closure and said the store shelves were nearly bare as the owners wound down their operation of the location. She said the owners told her annual rent increases were making it harder to keep the business going. 

She said she was sad to see them close.

"They are the nicest store owners I have encountered," she said. "Every time I’ve gone in there I have just felt that they were so appreciative of my business, and their friendly nature is just so welcoming."

The property is owned by Kevin Brady, president of Townsend Energy in Le Roy.

Brady wasn't available for comment, but a Townsend employee said the building has been leased to another operator and will reopen, but no name or opening date is available at this time.

Photo and some reporting by Alecia Kaus / Video News Service.

Greg Rada
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The is so sad. They we do awesome and very nice. I'd let my 4 year old daughter pay for the gas while telling them how much and what pump. They where very pleasant and responded to her like she was a big girl. I'll miss them.

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The few times I bought from there, the owner was very gentlemanly and polite, unlike a lot of clerks at convenience stores I've dealt with. I hope they find another local opportunity because they are fine people.

Margaret Tripp
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They were the nicest business people I have met in a long time. They always were so friendly and showed their appreciation for everyone.They will be missed.

jeff saquella
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great people....that is too bad

Raymond Richardson
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Whenever I've traveled through Batavia I stopped in for a soda and always found the place cleaner than most convenience stores, and a friendly person at the counter.

Lori Silvernail
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It's interesting to see these positive posts. Many opinions posted on Facebook's Batavian site are quite negative. Wonder why?

Beth Kinsley
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Do you ever see anything positive on there Lori? If I have to read one more "Keep it Classy Batavia" comment on there I'm going to scream!

Lori Silvernail
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It's definitely a different group who post there, isn't it? And I agree, "keep it classy" has become so irritating!

Peter O'Brien
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You two are ruining a good thread. Keep it Classy Batavia

Kyle Couchman
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Hey Ladies, "Keep it Classy" LOL

I'm gonna go run and hide now...

bud prevost
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I did not care for the over powering air freshener they used.

Ed Hartgrove
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Thanks, Bud. That one made me laugh!

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