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Wal-Mart to open gas station in Rifle

Heidi RiceWestern Garfield County Staff

RIFLE – Shoppers will now have another reason to do their “one-stop” shopping at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter, which has recently announced plans to open a filling station at the Airport Road property. Less than two years after the SuperCenter opened its doors in November 2003, the business is now expanding to include a six-island station with about 12 pumps, according to city planner Matt Sturgeon.”They submitted a site-plan review last week and should get their building permit within the next 30-45 days,” Sturgeon said.The pump station, which will be located on the southwest portion of the property, should be in operation by the end of the year.”It shouldn’t take that long to put up that kind of facility,” Sturgeon said. “It will be a regular gas station, but without the convenience-store facility.”Jennifer Slack, co-manager of the Rifle Wal-Mart SuperCenter, said it is typical of the company to put filling stations in at its stores that are located on highway accesses.”A lot of our stores that sit on an interstate have gas pumps,” Slack said. “This is typical. I know this store had always been on schedule to get one, we just didn’t know when.”What the price at the pumps of the Rifle Wal-Mart SuperCenter will be is still unknown. Sam’s Club in Grand Junction, a subsidiary of Wal-Mart, currently sells unleaded gasoline for $2.55 per gallon and premium gas for $2.75 per gallon.Some local gas prices as of Friday, Aug. 19, from Rifle to Glenwood Springs were:– Red River Quick Mart, 702 Taughenbaugh Blvd.: $2.78, unleaded; $2.98, premium.– Rifle Amoco Service, 100 Railroad Ave.: $2.79, unleaded; $3.03 premium.– Go-Fer Foods in Silt, $2.77, unleaded; $2.87, premium.– Kum & Go in New Castle: $2.79, unleaded; $2.99, premium.– Bradley in Glenwood Springs: $2.73, unleaded; $2.93, premium.– Shell in west Glenwood Springs: $2.79, unleaded; $2.89, premium.The Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Rifle hopes to have its pumps in place by the end of the year, according to Sturgeon.”They want to break ground as soon as possible,” he said.


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