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November 6, 2013

RaceTrac coming to Bridge City

BRIDGE CITY — A new convenience store and fuel stop will add to the burgeoning business community in Bridge City.

A RaceTrac Petroleum convenience store is currently under construction on Texas Avenue on the lot between Lake Street and Rachal Avenue. The convenience store and fuel stop, which will arguably be the largest such business in Bridge City, could be completed by early January 2014.

“This is a sizable investment for our community,” said Jerry Jones, city manager of Bridge City. “The application permit was for $1.5 million, so it is a great addition to our tax rolls. Plus, it will definitely add to the city’s sales tax revenue every month.”

Jones said there has been a lot of interest generated within the community as work crews have transformed the construction site quickly from a vacant lot into its current look.

“The permit was pulled on Oct. 14 and they started construction within a week,” Jones added. “Its amazing how much work they have already done, and they had a lot of rain to deal with this past week. They estimated it would be open within 90 days.”

Jones believes the addition of the RaceTrac convenience store and fuel stop will only benefit Bridge City and its residents.

“A lot of people live and shop in Bridge City, and a lot of cars pass through Bridge City every day,” he continued. “It could affect some of our businesses, like the other convenience stores, but the majority of our stores are corporate owned. I hope it doesn’t affect any. We think there is enough business to go around and we’re tickled to have RaceTrac coming to Bridge City.”

According to Jeffrey Baird, Engineering Project Manager for Race Trac Petroleum stores in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, building the new store in Bridge City was an easy decision.

“Typically, we pick areas that are growing,” Baird said in a telephone interview. “It also has to do with the amount of people in that given area and the amount of traffic.”

Baird said RaceTrac locations typically employ 8 to 12 workers and offer fuel, as well as convenience store goods. Many of the RaceTrac also include a food offer, as the one in Bridge City will. Although Baird was unsure of what cuisine would be included, other locations have items such as a fresh burrito offer, a full-fryer, pizza and even European-style sandwiches.

The new Bridge City store, along with one currently being built in Lake Charles, La., as well, will join other RaceTrac locations in Southeast Texas which are located in Port Arthur and Beaumont. Baird said the RaceTrac presence will now stretch from Corpus Christi to Bryan-College Station to Bridge City.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., RaceTrac operates more than 600 company-owned and third-party contract operated stores under the RaceTrac and RaceWay names in 12 southern states, according to its official website. Baird said the company plans on being part of the Bridge City community for years to come.

“We are a 78-year-old privately owned company. We build our stores to last,” Baird stated. “We plan on being part of Bridge City for a long time.”

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