Friday, August 16, 2013

Gas station/restaurant - alone and abandoned



This gas station and restaurant appeared to be a thriving business. Then it wasn't.

When these photos were taken, the place was abandoned and in disrepair as evidenced by the overflowing open trash bin. A few days ago we noted a homeless man taking shelter under the porch area of the restaurant.

But we've also seen signs of new life.  Twice recently, we've noticed men engaged in some sort of activity around the gas pumps. They may have been cleaning up the mess.

We're hoping it will once again become a viable business and a boon to the community.   It is in a good location -- at the intersection of two heavily-traveled roads in an area where growth is expected to be steady and pervasive. 

23 comments:

Andy said...

A sign of the times.

Gregory Urbano said...

kinda has an old "Stuckey's" look to it.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

A problem with reuse of gas station properties is the understandable reluctance of any owner to assume the potential liability from an underground gasoline storage tank.

Randy said...

That looks exactly like one near my moms house in California. We have a few here too.

Halcyon said...

How strange that a gas station on a busy intersection would have been abandoned. Hope it does get back in business. It seems a gas station would be profitable.

Sharon said...

We have a few of these around town too and they always surprise me. Gas stations seem to always have business. It makes me think that a little mismanagement might be the problem.

Judy said...

Looks like a nice big station, easy to get in and out of. I always wonder about the cause of failure of a place like this.

Small City Scenes said...

I wonder why it died. Looks pretty new anyway. We had a Texaco close down in Conway (which is a blip as you whip by on the freeway) but is finally has reopened as a Chevron--I don't know if the store is open yet though. MB

llandudnopictures said...

A sign of the times indeed, quite a few over here too I'm afraid.

LOLfromPasa said...

Always too bad to see businesses close for whatever reason especially ones in locations like this. Fingers crossed that it will open again soon. I love shots of gas stations so that I can see what your gasoline prices are.

No worries about my little research endeavor re the elephant. That is a rewarding parts of blogging for me...finding out more about the photos I have taken. Sometimes it is quite a challenge. PS Karen sends her regards :).

RedPat said...

Maybe the fact that the pumps are still there means that it will soon be open again?

cieldequimper said...

You have no idea how many petrol stations go bust here...

Kay said...

Big corporations usually pull their name off anything if it's leaving for good. Or, someone dropped the ball. It looks too big and viable to be completely abandoned. I guess time will tell.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm betting it will reopen soon. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonder what happened? We had several stations here in Oregon close because they found them environmentally unsafe and the owners couldn't afford the cleanup. (Then they get caution ribbons around the whole place until someone can afford to buy and clean up; sometimes it takes a long time).

Jack said...

I have been driving across northern New England this week, and one of the things that we have noticed is how many abandoned businesses there are. Sad! I hope this place does indeed get another chance.

hamilton said...

That's interesting. I haven't seen too many gas stations go under (so to speak)

MJ said...

There are more and more of these around our parts as well...

magiceye said...

A reflection of the state of economy

Karl Demetz said...

Nobody needs gas anymore here... sounds strange...

Kate said...

Many of these former gas stations in our cities have been redesigned and used for other businesses...very successfully as cafes, day care centers, even office buildings. Always glad to see reused efforts.

Stefan Jansson said...

The abandoned filling station were I live is now up and running again. Lets hope for the same result here.

Sheila Nielsen said...

Does anybody know what street this chevron is located on?

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