Tribune-Courier General Manager
BENTON– Customers of the busy FiveStar at the corner of 5th and Main Streets in Benton will soon have to find a new place to refuel and purchase convenience items. At least for the next few months.
The Benton FiveStar will close on April 16 to make way for demolition of the current building and construction of a larger, more modern convenience store.
According to Laura Blair, public relations manager with Newcomb Oil, demolition of the store is scheduled for April 25, with new construction beginning around May 1. She said the entire process to get the store reopened will take about five months from start to finish and barring any delays the new building should be completed by late September.
“This is an older building and doesn’t serve the needs of the community as well as it should,” said Blair. “The new store will have a more modern design and will be more spacious which will allow for more product offerings.”
Blair said the new store will be about 600 square feet larger than the current one, include twice as many fueling stations and include an upgraded food service area.
The automatic car wash that currently sits behind the FiveStar will not be rebuilt as part of the new construction.
Thirteen employees currently work at the Benton FiveStar. Each of them will be placed in other stores in the area and will return to the Benton location upon its reopening.
The Calvert City location of FiveStar underwent new construction just last year. The new store opened in June 2011. Blair said no plans are currently in the works to rebuild the Draffenville location.
Newcomb Oil, which owns 69 FiveStars in Kentucky, one in southern Illinois and three in southern Indiana is headquartered in Bardstown.