Sunoco station closes in Mt. Pleasant
First it was full-service, then it was self-service, now it is no service at the former Sunoco station at 819 W. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant.
All this after the franchise, owned by Sg2 Group Pittsburgh LLC, closed in late August.
Borough Mayor Jerry Lucia said he still has not received confirmation on exactly why the business closed.
“I want to make it clear that we did not run this business out of town,” Lucia said.
Officials of Sg2 Group Pittsburgh LLC did not return calls seeking comment.
In September 2011, borough council unanimously voted to amend an ordinance that previously required borough gas stations to provide full-service gasoline exclusively, after a local station owner complained that the full-service-only ordinance prevented him from turning a profit.
Naveed Chowdhry, owner of the Valero service station located farther west on Main Street in the borough, asked council to consider updating the requirement.
The amendment allowed for the Valero and Sunoco gas stations — at the time the only two in the borough — to offer self-service gasoline five days a week, as long as they maintained full-service provisions two days per week.
“We went from full-service to self-service to help out all the stations in town, so we did our part,” Lucia said.
Prior to the vote, Mt. Pleasant was reportedly one of the only municipalities in Pennsylvania to still maintain an ordinance requiring full service.
Chowdhry said he still offers the full-service option daily to those who are elderly or disabled.
“They just beep and I help them (with full-service),” he said.
Borough Council President Joe Bauer said he also did not know why the Sunoco station closed.
“We did what we could to help these businesses,” Bauer said. “What happened there? I really don't have a clue.”
Neither does Chowdhry, who now runs the only gas station in town.
“I have no idea what happened,” he said, adding that being permitted to offer self-service has dramatically improved business at his location.
“It makes a tremendous difference. When people come in to pay for gas, that improves my retail sales,” he said. “Before I could offer self-serve, I thought I was going to have to close my place.”
Now that the Sunoco property is vacant, Lucia said he expects the owner to continue to maintain it properly.
“We want to make sure the grass is cut and things,” he said.
A sign on the vacant building reads that it is for sale.
The sign instructs those interested in inquiring about the purchase of the building to call 412-306-0269, ext. 2015.
A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ireland makes its mark on Mt. Pleasant Area graduate
- Harmon House in Mt. Pleasant hires new center manager
- Mt. Pleasant considers change to holiday event schedule
- Norvelt native authors book on progressive education
- Company honors Mt. Pleasant-area ornament collectors club