STOW — The Circle K at Fishcreek and Stow roads officially opened for business Wednesday with a completely renovated convenience store, canopy, six gas pumps and new car wash.
Mayor John Pribonic cut the ribbon and said the renovated Circle K was now bright and shiny as well as user friendly with the addition of a car wash.
"It’s been a great facelift for this corner," said Jim Costello, Stow finance director. "It’s a highly traveled corner."
The building is up to date and a big plus for Stow, he added.
"We appreciate businesses who put money back in their infrastructure," Costello said.
Jennifer Cork, executive director of Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce, said she was happy to welcome the business to Stow-Munroe Falls area to contribute to the economic development of the Stow community.
"They did a fantastic job," Cork said. "My favorite feature is the extensive coffee selection."
In February 2019 city planners supported the proposed razing and rebuilding of the Circle K convenience store and gas station at 4936 Fishcreek Road, with the addition of a car wash.
The new 4,350 square-foot building is more than 2,000 square feet larger than the previous building. A canopy covers six gas pumps that offer 12 fueling locations. The entrances have been moved away from the Stow/Fishcreek intersection to make entering and exiting easier.
Construction took more than five months, said Mina Elba, director of operations.
The Circle K opened Jan. 9 and has new food service with all fresh offerings of pizza, brewed coffee, soft serve ice cream, sandwiches, cookies, muffins and more, Elba said.
Since Jan. 9, they have offered $1.99/gallon for gas on one day and a free car wash for a week, she said. On March 4 the car wash will be half price at all Circle K businesses with car washes.
Kevin Chmura , brand manager, said they want to emphasize the Circle K new program with fresh coffee and food choices.
Chmura said Circle K supports local communities and raises funds through the Akron Rubber Ducks home run competition and an annual golf outing, which has been offered for the past 11 years at three local courses. Circle K donations support the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Akron Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics and smaller organizations.
Customers could play games, win prizes and sample food at Wednesday’s event.
Jeff Dupuie of Stow said he’s a regular customer at the Circle K and stops five or six times a week. He likes the breakfast menu.
"I tried the car wash," Dupuie said. "It worked great."
Dupuie said he lives close by and the Circle K is convenient.
"I like the setup," he said. "There’s more stuff; it’s clean and easy to get in and out of."
Michelle Tingley of Stow said she was a regular customer.
"It has more selections and a car wash," Tingley said. "It’s bigger and nice and new. I love their coffee and breakfast sandwiches."
Jen Robinson of Kent said she liked how they added a variety of food and appreciated the wide aisles.
Cheyenne Robinson of Kent said she liked the food menu and the ice cream area.
"I want to try the coffee," Cheyenne said. "I’m a big coffee drinker."
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