SENNETT — A convenience store and smoke shop chain has found a Cayuga County home in the old Mike's Bikes shop at the Grant Avenue Plaza in Sennett.
The new store on Grant Avenue Road, called Munchies, will open Monday and will feature a Smokers Choice smoke shop and a full-fledged convenience store offering more than the typical convenience store chips, candy and bottled drinks.
"The younger generation, what we call 'millennials,' want grab and go," Smokers Choice Vice President Doug Nolan said.
The convenience store partnered with fried chicken franchise Krispy Krunchy Chicken, which Nolan said will “definitely take us to a whole new level of being able to offer hot, fresh food.”
The store also will serve a "dirty water dog," a reference to New York City-style hot dogs. The franks are cooked in preseasoned water, which is the secret to keeping in all the flavor, Nolan said. In addition, Munchies is introducing a concept called Muncheese, a made-to-order grilled cheese sandwich.
And they didn't forget about dessert either.
The store will have both hard- and soft-serve ice cream from Gifford's, a Maine-based ice cream manufacturer.
The store will also serve hamburgers with an array of toppings and breakfast sandwiches. There is a small seating area with tables, chairs and booths for customers to enjoy their food.
As far as beverages, Munchies will feature Oregon-based coffee brand Boyd's Coffee.
“It was selected because nobody else carries it," Nolan said. "It's a really, really good coffee. It does well in our other stores.”
One wall of the store houses 24 large beverage coolers lined with rows of bottled water, sodas, juices and energy drinks. Across from the wall is a "beer dungeon," a giant walk-in cooler filled with packs of beer.
The Sennett location will be the smoke shop chain's third Munchies location. A fourth convenience store will soon open in the Herkimer County village of Ilion as well. The Rock Hill-based company operates over 50 Smokers Choice shops around New York and Pennsylvania.
The Smokers Choice portion of the Sennett store will sell cigarettes, cigars, loose tobacco, hooka, vapes and smoking accessories.
"It's your basic convenience store items with a little bit more of breadth of product," Nolan said.
Smokers Choice also carries all the materials smokers need to roll their own cigarettes and offers demonstrations so people can learn how to do it themselves.
“We can teach people who smoke how they can make a pack for less than $1.65 versus $12," Nolan said. “Basically what has made us what we are today is to help smokers smoke for less," Nolan said.
The store will be staffed by all local employees. Nolan said the company is looking to hire four full-time employees and between 16 and 18 part-time workers.
At first, corporate managers will be in charge of the store, but a general manager and three or four shift managers will also be hired locally.
“We hire within," Nolan said. "As the employees train, the ones that stand out will move up in the ranks.”