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Jacksons Food Stores demolishes and rebuilds brand new gas station and truck stop

July 20—LA GRANDE — Around this time next year, the corner of Island Avenue and Mulholland Drive will house a new gas station and truck stop.

Jacksons Food Stores, based in Meridian, Idaho, owns both the Chevron gas station and the former Shell gas station located at 2706 and 2614 Island Ave.

“La Grande has been a great opportunity for Jacksons Food Stores. We have worked for over a year to develop the best store design to serve La Grande residents and travelers,” Jessica Aguilar, Engineering Project Manager for the The Great Jacksons project, said.

The two-phase project will completely transform the existing Chevron gas station and Jacksons convenience store, according to Aguilar. Jacksons Food Stores declined to comment on the amount of financial investment the company has made in the project.

Boise-based BRS Architects drafted and filed the store plans with the city. Jacksons Food Stores is working with two contractors on the project: Leonard Petroleum Equipment, of Boise, and Pacific North Contractors, based in Nampa, Idaho.

The first phase is currently underway on the site of the former Shell site. The gas station was demolished in preparation for the construction of a high-speed diesel truck canopy, Aguilar said. According to the American Petroleum Institute, every fuel dispenser will be equipped with a diesel exhaust fluid pump – an integral component that ensures trucks meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions requirements. environment by converting nitrogen oxide into nitrogen and water vapour. Most commercial fuel cards will be accepted, Aguilar said.

Boquist said once the first phase is complete, the existing Chevron convenience store and gas station will be demolished, so the next phase can begin.

The second phase will complete the new look. According to Aguilar, the plan includes building a new 7,100-square-foot convenience store, which will feature fresh produce and Chicken Krispy Krunchy, as well as well-stocked shelves of snacks and beverages. With the larger convenience store and fuel options, Aguliar said Jacksons Food Stores plans to expand current staff.

The second phase will also add a new, larger fuel canopy with six fuel dispensers. These will also include ethanol-free gasoline and automotive diesel.

Construction of phase two is expected to begin in the spring of 2023 and is expected to last approximately six months. According to Aguilar, teams have been proactive in minimizing potential delays, but given the current market and ongoing supply chain issues, there is always a risk.

“We hope to open later in summer 2023 or early fall 2023,” she said.