WILMINGTON - The Wilmington Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at the Wilmington Community Center regarding the Little Supermarket's proposal to install gas pumps.
The hearing will come a week after Little Supermarket owners Roy and Becky Holzer signed loan papers with the National Bank & Trust for the project. When complete, it will represent a $500,000 investment in the town, according to Roy.
"There are still pieces that need to fit into the puzzle. The financing was the most important part," Roy said, adding that the municipal approval is next. "Then we can go ahead and order the gasoline tanks."
The Little Supermarket is located on state Route 86 in the hamlet of Wilmington.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)
Installing the two pumps and canopy will require razing a building on the Route 86 property, which includes the main building - a convenience store and deli - and a hardware store.
This project will give the town its first gas pumps since April 2013, when the last gas station sporting the Sunoco brand closed. The convenience store was part of the Wilson Farms chain, owned by 7-Eleven Inc., based in Dallas, Texas. Located at the corner of Route 86 and Springfield Road, the property currently sits vacant and is the site of a fuel spill.
"We're very excited to have something positive start to take place," said town Supervisor Randy Preston. "If we can just get rid of that eyesore of the old one on the corner."
After the Wilson Farms closed, someone taped a "gas guide" on the front door, but it won't be needed after the Holzers complete their project.
The closest gas station to Wilmington is Devin's Garage in the hamlet of Jay, 5 miles up the road, and many people have been getting their gas in the village of Lake Placid, about 12 miles away.
Roy, a former town supervisor, also owns the Adirondack Holiday Lodge property at the Four Corners. The gas pumps would service the 1,250 residents and countless visitors of this town, home to attractions such as Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, High Falls Gorge, Santa's Workshop and a number of motels.
In March, Roy met with Tom Hyde, the owner of Hyde Fuel based in Saranac Lake, and Chuck Friden, ExxonMobil sales representative for this region.
The Holzers are negotiating an agreement with Hyde Fuel, which currently services six gas stations in the region.