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Sunoco service station reopens under new ownership in Mt. Pleasant

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:03 p.m.
A sign displayed along West Main Street in Mt. Pleasant advertises regular-grade vehicle fuel for $3.49 per gallon at the recently opened Sunoco/A-Plus service station.
A.J. Panian | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
A sign displayed along West Main Street in Mt. Pleasant advertises regular-grade vehicle fuel for $3.49 per gallon at the recently opened Sunoco/A-Plus service station.
Mt. Pleasant resident Chris Kugle prepares to fill the tank of his vehicle with gasoline at the Sunoco/A-Plus service station on West Main Street in Mt. Pleasant. The business recently opened at the location after the previous owner of a Sunoco franchise there closed his business in November.
A.J. Panian | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt. Pleasant resident Chris Kugle prepares to fill the tank of his vehicle with gasoline at the Sunoco/A-Plus service station on West Main Street in Mt. Pleasant. The business recently opened at the location after the previous owner of a Sunoco franchise there closed his business in November.

When the Sunoco service station on West Main Street in Mt. Pleasant closed in late 2013, regular customers like borough resident Christopher Kugle lost more than just a nearby stop for vehicle fuel.

As a result of the franchise's Shop ‘n Save Pump Perks feature, Kugle said he regularly saved money in gas at the local business based on points he accumulated while buying groceries at the supermarket chain's local operation on North Diamond Street.

“People in this area, they like to put their money back into the community where they live,” said Kugle, 44.

Kugle soon will be able to do just that with the recent reopening of the station under new ownership at the same location at 819 W. Main St.

“We've applied for the Shop ‘n Save (Pump Perks) program, and we should have that up and running soon,” said Nadeem Awan, the owner of the newly reopened franchise.

In November, Awan purchased the local Sunoco franchise and property for an undisclosed price from Pittsburgh-based Sg2 Group LLC, said Sergey Gorlov, the company's president.

Since officially opening doors on Feb. 8, Awan said the response from patrons has been positive.

“It looks it's going to be a good location,” he said. “We have some signs up to try to show customers we're open for business. Once we get the (Sunoco) pole and canopy signs up, it's going to be more visible then. I know we will get a good response, people are nice in town.”

Borough manager Jeff Landy expressed enthusiasm regarding the return of the business to the borough.

“Having a business move in is a positive thing; we wish any new business starting out in town the best,” Landy said.

Borough Mayor Jerry Lucia said he was “elated” to see business return to that location so quickly.

“A lot of times, years go by before businesses return to town where one closes,” Lucia said. “It livens that area up, up there ... it's better than a boarded-up business there.”

Lucia echoed Kugle's assessment of having easy access to the PumpPerks feature.

“When it closed, people from town had to go to Scottdale to get Sunoco gas so that they could redeem their points,” Lucia said. “I think it's good for the consumer ... they can stay in town and still do that now.”

The new business will offer full service upon request every Saturday and Sunday in keeping with the requirements of an amended version of an ordinance passed in 2011 by borough council, Awan said.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or apanian@tribweb.com.

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