London Esso Fuel Centre and Convenience
Located on Colonel Talbot Road (Highway 4) just south of Highway 401, the London Esso Fuel Centre and Convenience operation was part of the Davis Fuels acquisition and already had both a passenger vehicle fuel operation, as well as one for commercial vehicle fuelling, which operated as Flying M Truck Stop. In addition, there was a small, third-party family-owned restaurant operation on the site.
Carroll says the site’s location and sizable footprint, as well as its proximity to the highway, all pointed to the huge potential the site had. It was decided to redevelop the site and bring a strong retail convenience component to the location.
Carroll describes it as a complete ‘raze and rebuild’ and the site now boasts eight filling stations for passenger vehicles and a Commercial Cardlock operation made up of four filling stations for commercial vehicles, plus a 2,500 sq.-ft. Circle K convenience store. He sees Circle K as an ideal partner and provider of foodservices for drivers and the community.
“Circle K, with their range of proprietary products, are highly regarded in the communities where they operate,” he continues. “Here, there is a selection of great food products that are all prepared and served by the staff and team there, such as fresh pizza, warm breakfasts and lunch sandwiches, as well as a wide assortment of roller grill products.”
The site also features large washrooms, a shower and room for a future eat-in area, making it especially attractive to those using the Commercial Cardlock pumps.
Scott Neufeld, vice-president, auto market with McDougall Energy, says that site with its Commercial Cardlock pumps and Circle K will only get busier in the coming years because of all the new development happening in the area. He sees it becoming a much-desired destination for travellers and truck operators.
“The shower facility is something we offer to the commercial drivers and that just gives them one more opportunity to see the location as a one-stop convenience and shopping destination after they have logged many miles of highway driving,” says Carroll. “It gives them the opportunity to get something to eat and drink, to sit down and enjoy fresh food offerings and clean up before getting back into their vehicles and heading out to their final destinations.”