LEWISTOWN - A Snappy's and a Taco Bell are coming to the Lewistown area. Snappy's - a convenience store and gas station chain with 11 locations in Clearfield and Centre counties - will be built on West Fourth Street. It will also include a Taco Bell - the Mexican fast food restaurant chain - and it will be the first Snappy's built in Mifflin County.
Curtis Harrison, the Marketing Director of J.J. Powell Inc., the company that owns Snappy's, said
their office location helped them decide to construct
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE?BOYER
Snappy’s — a convenience store and gas station chain — is constructing a new store on the site of the former Pines Motel along West Fourth Street just outside of the borough limits of Lewistown. The store will include a Taco Bell Mexican restaurant. The target date for completion is Dec. 1.
"We've had an office for J.J. Powell for a number of years in Lewistown and we saw an opportunity in the area for a Snappy's and a Taco Bell franchise as well. The location of the property also attracted us because it is on a major roadway," he said.
Planning for the project began a year and a half ago, and Harrison said J.J. Powell Inc. purchased the property - adjacent to the Hoss's in Lewistown - from the people who previously operated the Pines Motel at that location.
Although Lewistown is a small community, Harrison said a lot of their stores are located in small towns.
"We really feel it's not about the size of the town," he said.
In fact, Harrison said this Snappy's will be one of their larger builds. The Snappy's side of the new store will be 3,000 square feet and the adjacent Taco Bell will be 1,500 square feet. Additionally, Harrison said this Snappy's will add something different to their pumps.
"There will be 12 fueling positions with TV screens built in to each pump displaying news, weather and sports for our customers as they refuel their vehicles," he said.
Harrison said about 50 to 75 new jobs will be created by this build.
"The Snappy's/Taco Bell will create four managerial positions, 10 supervisory positions, and many production and customer service positions," he said.
Construction at the location started in early September, and Harrison said the target date for its completion is Dec. 1. Crider/Mitchell of Lewistown is building the project, having outbid two other construction companies for the job.