MOUNT VERNON – By the time 2020 rolls around, Mount Vernon will have a new gas station.
Walmart plans to put a gas station on the east side of its property, according to company officials. Anne Hatfield, director of state and local communications for Walmart, said the company plans to break ground on the 1,400-square-foot facility this week, with a grand opening set for January.
The gas station will have seven pumps and a convenience store, Hatfield said, which will offer soft drinks, coffee, snacks and more. It will be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“Walmart has fuel stations at hundreds of locations across the country and is always looking for ways to better serve our customers with the products they want,” Hatfield said in an emailed statement. “The fuel station at the Coshocton Avenue store builds on how we serve our customers in the community.”
The gas station will sit directly in front of the east entrance/exit to the property. Hatfield said it will employ five to seven associates. She did not say whether there will be a rewards program for customers who make fuel purchases.
Last week, contractors marked the east end of the parking lot off with a tall, green fence. Hatfield said construction will “have no impact” on customers.
Once completed, Walmart will own Mount Vernon’s 11th gas station. Within close proximity, it will compete with the Hot Rods Food Mart (Marathon) across Coshocton Avenue, as well as the Kroger gas station down the road.