Convenience Store Coming to Citgo Property

The attorney representing Citgo, which is located at the intersection of Bellmore Avenue and Park Avenue near the Bellmore-Merrick boarder, was on hand at the North Bellmore Civic Association meeting Monday to discuss concerns pertaining to the property.

Kevin O'Brien said that his client plans to bring a 24-hour convenience store to the location, but after convening with residents, the plan is to have the establishment be open from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Residents were concerned that beer will also be sold.

There will no longer be a service station at on site.

"You need some sort of supplemental income," O'Brien said. "You can't make it on gas alone."

The number of gas pumps is going to be reduced from four to three, and there will be 10 parking spots available on site for those who want to utilize the convenience store.

Residents' concerns included increased traffic, safety and noise, and O'Brien said that being a good neighbor is important to his client. He also added that, due to various complaints and citations, the current tenant is going to be removed from the property.

Additionally, the landscaping will be improved, and six feet of fencing is going to be added on the property as well.

Do you think this convenience store will be a positive addition to Bellmore-Merrick? Tell us in the comments section below.

sysad2287 February 15, 2013 at 05:24 PM
"Residents were concerned that beer will also be sold." Really??
randy February 16, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Looks like at almost every corner there is another convenience store. These stores bring in alot of trouble makers late at night drinking and creating distubances. We need to stop these stores from opening every 1/4 mile of each other. right down the block Hess opened one and now they want to put another on columbus and newbridge. Enough is enough.
Ralph A. February 17, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Beer and traffic shouldn't be an inssue because how many stores sell beer and any business will create more traffic. However, I do agree that convenience stores are getting out of control around here. You have the originals like 7-11 and every gas station is becoming a convience store. Do you really need to buy beer (or anything for that matter) in the middle of the night? That's where the trouble will start if not controlled. Also most items would cost more at a convience store anyway.


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