New store another player in Chesterville’s pizza market, too
CHESTERVILLE — After seven months of major construction, this village’s MacEwen gas station revamp is just about finished, and company principals say the Main Street North establishment will resume pumping fuel — and selling an expanded variety of foods and convenience items inside its new ‘County Line’ store — no later than Thursday of this week.
“At the earliest Wednesday, but we had better say Thursday,” says MacEwen Petroleum President Peter MacEwen, when asked last evening for the station’s opening date.
Fuel sales at the operation were suspended Dec. 9 last year as the station’s multi-million-dollar overhaul and expansion got underway.
“It’s been challenging from a construction point of view,” says MacEwen, noting the project has been slowed lately by an added-on requirement to erect a retaining wall along the South Nation River at the side of the property.
“It’s a very strong store. We’re very proud of it,” he adds.
“Chesterville is a very large volume, very important store to us,” echoes Mark Kinnin, Vice President of Retail Convenience Store Operations.
“We will have lots of space, lots of food and lots of beverages,” says Kinnin of the new store, adding the operation will feature pizza as well.
Customers will be able to order their pizza in advance, arrive to pump their gas, then pick up their pie “in two minutes,” he says, highlighting “dramatic changes” inside the new premises versus the old one it replaces.
“All of the food is made fresh, on site — sandwiches, salads, baked goods,” he says.
“And we’re adding a coffee bar that is second to none, Kinnin says, “fresh-brewed, from bean to cup, with both hot and cold coffees.” The store will also serve up a frozen “nitro” coffee, which is “infused with nitrogen,” he explains. (Starbucks has a similar product.) Similar to carbonation (but using the other gas instead), the process “puts a nice head on the coffee,” he says.
The “huge” frozen beverage section will also include Slush Puppy and Icee brands, he says, and the store will also feature an M&M Meat Shops “express” franchise. “So there’s another reason to stop in on your way home.”
Originally estimated at $1.7-million, the project saw the complete dismantling and demolition of the original station to make way for the larger store and much more parking space on site — as well as two additional pump nozzels (six, up from four). The company also acquired and razed two neighbouring homes on Queen Street West to create more room for the station’s expanded footprint.
While actual operations are set to resume this week, company officials are planning a grand opening event in about two weeks’ time.