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Longtime Perry Highway gas station up for sale

Submitted - This gas station along Route 19, on the border of Pine and McCandless, is for sale.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>This gas station along Route 19, on the border of Pine and McCandless, is for sale.
Deborah Deasy | Pine Creek Journal -
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Deborah Deasy | Pine Creek Journal</em></div>
Deborah Deasy | Pine Creek Journal - Daily customer Bobby Grier, of Pine, and Ina Leasure, the manager of the 7-Eleven, pose for a photo. Grier, who played football at Pitt and was the first black person to play in the Sugar Bowlback in 1956, said the location is a nice place to visit and shop.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Deborah Deasy | Pine Creek Journal</em></div>Daily customer Bobby Grier, of Pine, and Ina Leasure, the manager of the 7-Eleven, pose for a photo. Grier, who played football at Pitt and was the first black person to play in the Sugar Bowlback  in 1956, said the location is a nice place to visit and shop.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Here's a chance to operate your own gas station.

The 7-Eleven store chain wants to sell its BP fuel-pumping business and convenience store at 10594 Perry Highway.

The 32-year-old station and store currently show Easy Trip and BP signage and adjoins Noodles & Company on Route 19 near the Pine-McCandless border.

Allegheny County assesses the property's value at $467,000, including building and land.

“It's a nice place to meet and talk,” said Bobby Grier of Pine, a retired Community College of Allegheny County administrator.

Grier stops there daily for coffee, always mixed with two vanilla creamers and seven packets of sugar.

“He's part of our family,” said Ina Leasure, the store's manager.

Leasure and assistant manager Harry Becki seem to know everyone who comes through the doors for cigarettes or friendly quick service.

“Maybe there's someone who would like to have a mom-and-pop convenience store in Wexford and will retain these great employees,” said 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris. “Somebody might want to turn it into a dry cleaner.”

The 7-Eleven chain currently owns and operates the gas station and store through a lease arrangement.

Allegheny County's property assessment records list the land's owner as C.H. Realty III/ Wexford L.P.

Why is 7-Eleven unloading the eight-pump, 20,909-square-foot gas station and 733-square-foot store?

“They didn't feel the store had the right size for what we want to do,” Chabris said.

The station is one of only three current fuel stops on Route 19 between McCandless and Marshall Township.

The station also is among 72 stations in nine states that 7-Eleven Inc. wants to sell, including a dozen sites in Pennsylvania.

All are among 1,000 sites acquired by 7-Eleven in the past three years, according to Robbie Radant, vice president of mergers and acquisitions for 7-Eleven, Inc.

Chicago-based NRC Realty and Capital Advisors is coordinating sales of the properties and accepting sealed bids for the sites. A complete list of the properties is available www.nrc.com/1402.

The deadline to submit bids is April 1.

To register for sale updates or more information, call the NRC Customer Service Center at 800-747-3342, ext. 1402.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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