Two new gasoline-convenience stores operated by truenorth in conjunction with the Lyden Co. and Shell Oil will open in Clayton and Washington Twp. in the next several weeks.
The Clayton store is expected to open around Thanksgiving with the Washington Twp. store opening around the first of the year. Each store will employ eight to 10 people and requires a $1 million investment, said Lindsay Lyden of truenorth.
The Clayton store on Ohio 49 just west of Hoke Road had been the long-time site of a Shell station operated by truenorth, but the station was torn down several years ago and the land put up for sale.
When it did not sell, the land was taken off the market and truenorth decided to rebuild.
“With all the development going on in Clayton, we wanted to open up the site again and build a new store,” Lyden said. “We saw it as a growing area. One of our district managers lives around the corner from the store and has been keeping an eye on the area.”
The Washington Twp. store is on Miamisburg-Centerville Road, just off Lyons Road.
“It’s a high traffic area for us,” Lyden said. “We needed a bigger ‘C’ (convenience) store. When we open back up, we’ll have a 3,500 square-foot ‘C’ store to go along with the gas dispensers.
“This store will also have a car wash,” he said.
According to Lyden, Brecksville-based truenorth supplies 320 stores with either fuel or convenience store items, while owning and operating 105. There are 21 in the Dayton area.
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