ROCHESTER - Rochester residents have watched for almost a year as The City Tobacco and Beverage Center was being built on Signal Street, across the street from its forerunner Signal Street Variety.
On Monday the move will be completed as The City opens for the first time with a host of specials featuring raffles, special opening day prices and giveaways, including a bicycle and Red Sox tickets.
The City's General Manager, Dennis Stoddard, said on Monday that the new 5,000 square foot space will have everything the former Signal Street Variety had in a more attractive setting.
And just like Signal Street, the store's mantra remains they won't be outdone on their craft beer presence.
"We have more than 60 New England craft beers and if we don't carry it and you want it, we'll get it for you," Stoddard said.
Signal Street Variety, opened in 1985 by John Rigazio, was the first in the line of a chain of stores now known as The City, which operates beer and tobacco shops in Plaistow, Seabrook and Sanford, Maine.
Now, his son, Richard Rigazio, is trying to reformat the stores to the tastes of today's consumers, including a large assortment of craft beers, premium wines and cigars and other retail lines, Stoddard said.
Stoddard said the new store will continue to carry all the other products customers have come to expect at Signal Street Variety like wine, tobacco products, ice cream, frozen food, ready to go sandwiches and other convenience store items plus, of course, lottery tickets.
Stoddard added that this Friday through Sunday that Signal Street Variety will be running a weekend moving sale with price cuts on selected items.
The new store's hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.