Speedway gas station in Mckeesport eyes December opening
Construction of a Speedway gas station and convenience store near the intersection of Elm Street and E. Fifth Avenue in McKeesport is about 50 percent complete and on schedule to open the first week of December.
American Trademark Construction Services project superintendent Brooks Kussman said the underground storage tank system is finished. The store building, site work and equipment installation remain on the 1.36-acre lot.
“We are excited to soon be serving the McKeesport area,” Speedway spokesman Eugene Freeman said.
Speedway, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Co., approached McKeesport council in December 2012 for a public hearing on its plans to develop the site with six dispensers and 12 fueling lanes.
The property was the subject of a brief legal battle between former tenant Diane Elias of Di's Kornerstone Diner, which since has relocated to Olympia Shopping Center.
“It was comforting to see everything work out for Diane,” McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said. “She's now established at her new location at (the former) Burger King. With that being said and her being happy, it's now exciting to see Speedway and the development that's taking place there. That will really brighten up that entire corner there all hours of the day, 24/7.”
Kussman said the project began on Aug. 26
“We had to demo the existing building that was on-site and the lot,” he said. “We had to cut a tremendous amount of dirt out of here. There's a lot of grading.”
The 3,900-square-foot location will feature consumer fueling lanes, a complete convenience store and Speedway's latest evolution in food — a Speedy Café.
“Speedy Café is a fast casual, full-serve restaurant where customers place their orders on a self-serve ordering kiosk,” Freeman said. “The food is freshly prepared and the café will feature paninis, subs, specialty dogs, customizable pizzas, hand-crafted beverages, lattes, mochas, smoothies and frappes, breakfast sandwiches and sides.”
Kussman said Western Pennsylvania is a new market for Speedway and the construction company.
Speedway, headquartered in Enon, Ohio, has approximately 1,470 stores in nine Midwest states.
Those interested in working at the McKeesport store can apply online at www.speedway.com.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or email@example.com.
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