SALINEVILLE - The humble business sector within the village continued its expansion this week with the opening of a Sunoco gas station on Main St.
Becky Melhorn, who owns BK Beverage with her husband, said the convenience store has been expanded to feature six regular gas pumps and four diesel pumps. She said they originally planned on fewer diesel pumps, but decided to increase the number after watching water trucks traveling through the village.
Melhorn said the business employs 18 people, five of them full-time, and that she would like to increase the food offerings at the location within the year. She said they currently sell cold sub sandwiches, chicken, jojos and pizza. Hot food is not available after 7 p.m.
Salineville Mayor Mary Smith said she believed adding a second gas station is "extremely important" for the village.
"I love the idea that our town is growing. I hope it can continue growing," she said.
"The goal is to bring more infrastructure. Whether we keep the Kaiser Building, or not, I hope businesses come in."
The Kaiser Building was donated to the village in 2010 by Huntington Bank, and village officials are currently exploring all available options on what can be done with it.
Melhorn said her family waited for the right time to expand the business. Since one of her sons will be graduating from college at the end of the year, and the other one is a college sophomore, she said they were waiting for educational expenses to be reduced.
"I just hope it brings in more people and more revenue to the village," Melhorn said. "We're not trying to put anyone out. I know there's already a gas station in town, but we're just trying to increase our sales."