The owner of Butler's 7-Eleven, on Route 23, is not the only one displeased with a Quick Chek Mega-Gas moving in across the street from his business.
In a similar situation to that of Butler's, where a Quick Chek convenience store and 24-hour gas station was approved by the planning board to be built directly across the street from 7-Eleven, a Wayne 7-Eleven owner approached his own planning board Tuesday to speak against the application.
According to Wayne Patch, the Quick Chek application was approved by the Wayne Planning Board for the former Chrysler Dodge property on Hamburg Turnpike, at the intersection of Ratzer Road. The Butler store, approved in June, will also be built on a former car sales lot. The Wayne store and gas station is scheduled to open by 2014.
Read the full story from Wayne Patch here.
In Butler, primarily residents opposed the application for the new Quick Chek and attended and spoke at several public meetings to voice their concerns over gas fumes from the station, loud noises from vehicles pulling in late at night and general opposition to the store itself. One resident has even filed a lawsuit against the company and borough as she feels sufficient evidence was not presented before the application was approved and that the store will have negative health impacts on her multiply-disabled son.
Of the surrounding Route 23 businesses in Butler, 7-Eleven Owner Craig Brinster seemed to have the most concerns about the Quick Chek store application, as he hired attorney David Dixon to represent him during the Butler Planning Board hearings on the proposal.
In both Wayne and Butler, traffic studies were conducted to determine the impact of the gas station and convenience stores on the busy roads the company was applying to build on.