Cherryville is out of fuel at one of its two service stations.
Development will continue at Frank’s General Store this spring, with new gas tanks and pumps to be installed. That means a disruption in service for a few weeks for customers wishing to purchase gas or diesel, according to store officials.
“We greatly appreciate our customers’ consideration during this upgrade,” said Lisa Schwartz, owner of Frank’s General Store. “And we apologize for any inconvenience caused.”
Gas and diesel are available at the Cherryville Emporium on North Fork Road.
In March, a new concrete pad was laid behind the main store at Frank’s, and two new gas tanks were delivered. Earlier this week an area in front of the store was fenced off and construction started, including installation of the new pumps.
A walkway was left so customers can access the store during the work. The store will remain open for business.
The old gas tanks will be removed from underground and then crushed. For obvious reasons, smoking will remain prohibited on site until the old tanks are removed from the property.
Schwartz said the work is a huge undertaking for the store, which operates under contract with Armstrong Federated Co-op. Fuel will continue to be supplied by Tempo and the Co-op is managing the upgrade.
The work is expected to be complete by April 25.
During April, the store will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. On Good Friday, the store will open at 8 a.m. In May, closing time will change to 9 p.m. The store’s gift shop is currently open Fridays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.