Work starts on gas station for Uintah King Soopers

       Removal of parking lot pavement for a new King Soopers fuel station began last week at the Uintah Gardens shopping center. A future underground gas container waits to be installed at
the King Soopers fuel station in the Uintah Gardens
shopping center parking lot this week. The access will be
from the main entrance off Uintah Street. The station will be the second offered at a King Soopers store on the Westside.
Westside Pioneer photo
       The tentative completion date is July 31, according to Michael Scheckel, spokesman for the supermarket chain.
       Covering roughly 4,000 square feet in the 142,000-square-foot strip mall at 19th and Uintah streets, the station and pumps are being built at the south end of the center, next to the driveway from the main entrance off 19th. The secondary south entrance west of that will be eliminated, per discussions with the city, Scheckel said.
       The station will offer three grades of regular, medium and premium gas, plus diesel, from both sides of five pumps (called “multiple product dispensers”), he said. The site will also have a service kiosk.
       No alternative fuels will be offered at this time, although Kroger's (the corporation that owns King Soopers) has been testing them. “Quite likely at some point in time we will be offering them,” Scheckel said.
       The station is the first part of a major facelift planned at Uintah Gardens this year. Scheduled to get underway early this fall are construction of a new Walgreens store and a beautification effort by by center property owner Weingarten Realty Investors.
       Walgreens, currently located in the line of stores at the north end of the center, will demolish the 29-year-old empty building near the southwest corner and replace it with a new freestanding store.
       Weingarten, which bought Uintah Gardens late last year, is finalizing plans to resurface the parking lot, spruce up building exteriors and add landscaping, according to spokeswoman Brook Wootton.
       The King Soopers work is in conjunction with the plans by Walgreens and Weingarten, Scheckel said.
       The new station will offer a form of “one-stop shopping,” he added, “hopefully giving some of our time-starved shoppers a little bit of extra time.”
       The new station will be the second offered by King Soopers on the Westside. The store in the Grandview Market Place on the Mesa (at Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard) was built in 2004 with a station just south of it.

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