Friday June 18, 2010

New Byrne Dairy Opens in Pulaski

Three generations of the Byrne family have served CNY
By Eric Anderson

    A new Byrne Dairy has officially opened in Pulaski, marking the 45th Byrne Dairy location in Central New York.

    The new store is complete with a gas station, ice cream shop, deli and groceries.

    The owner of the Byrne Dairy franchise, Vincent Byrne, was at the Pulaski location the day it opened with his two sons, president Carl Byrne and vice president Mark Byrne. The owner said opening the new location went well.

    “It took a while to open the new store. We had to find a location and then get zoning permission from the local community, but opening the new store went very smoothly,” Byrne said.

    The new store is 43,000 square feet and has 25 employees. It is actually the second Byrne Dairy to open in Pulaski. Mark said the new location will attract different customers.

    “There is another Byrne Dairy in downtown Pulaski, but the new store is right off Interstate 81, so we can get more travelers in here as well as locals,” he said.

    It took about two years and over $1 million for the new location to finally open up, and the Byrnes are not stopping there.

    It’s only been a month since the last Byrne Dairy opened in Geneseo, and the family plans on opening three new locations every year.

    This may seem like a rather aggressive expansion plan in these economic times, but the Byrnes are confident in their stores.

    “Communities really appreciate our business,” Vincent said. “While other stores focus on prepared food, we supply customers with fresh, quality dairy products.”

    While the family is looking to expand its business, they still want to keep Byrne Dairy within the Central New York area.

    “All the new stores we open will be within 100 miles of Syracuse,” Mark said.

    The next step for the third-generation, family-owned franchise is to open a new, stand-alone Byrne Dairy bakery in Syracuse.

    As of now, the Byrne Dairy bakery is located in the Cicero store. All baked goods are made fresh and shipped out every day. The new bakery will not be attached to a Byrne Dairy store, but rather focus completely on baked goods.

    “The bakery we have now is only 1,000 square feet, but the new bakery will be 11,000 square feet,” Mark said.

    Mark’s son, Matt, tagged along with his dad, uncle and grandfather during the grand opening of the Pulaski Byrne Dairy.

    He represents the fourth generation of the Byrne family since the business was started by Vincent’s father, Matthew V. Byrne, in 1933.

    “He started off delivering dairy products to people during the Great Depression,” Vincent said. “He opened the first Byrne Dairy store in Central Square in 1954, and we’ve come a long way since then.”