Purcellville’s third, and largest, 7-Eleven is officially open for business.
The town held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 5,400-square-foot, 16-fuel pump gas station on Friday in the 6-acre Catoctin Corner shopping center, just one day after Franchisee Amrit Mangat opened the doors to the public for the first time. Alongside him to cut the ribbon were Mayor Kwasi Fraser, Councilman Nedim Ogelman, Town Manager David Mekarski, Supervisor Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge)’s Staff Aide Rachael Holmes and 7-Eleven District Manager Jimmy Jean.
Noting that the store’s opening brings 20 new jobs to the town, Fraser invited Mangat to ask the town for anything, jokingly adding that his requests should be “within reason.”
Emerick Elementary School Principal Dawn Haddock was also on hand to accept a $711 check from 7-Eleven, which she said her school would use to purchase drones and a hovercraft.
Although a Shell station was initially slated to move into the Catoctin Corner location, that deal with the Holtzman Oil Corp. fell through last summer.
Purcellville’s other 7-Eleven stores include one on the corner of Main and 32nd Streets, which was built in 1970 and has 2,616-square-feet of space but no fuel pumps, and one on the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue, which was built in 1983 and has 2,632-square-feet of space and four fuel pumps.
The new 7-Eleven marks the seventh tenant to move into Catoctin Corner, with Dunkin’ Donuts, Chipotle, Wink! Vision, SuperCuts, Bank of Charles Town and Heartland Dental already in operation. A Manhattan Pizza is also set to move into a 2,500-square-feet storefront once construction on that building wraps up.
An additional 3,900-square-feet of space is available in the two units next to the pizza shop.
KLNB Leasing Agent Dallon Cheney said that either one or two businesses would also move into a yet-to-be-constructed, 3-unit 6,420-square-foot building.
Negotiations are ongoing for a child care center that will operate in another yet-to-be constructed 10,000-square-foot building.
Cheney said that KLNB would be finalizing all of those deals in the coming weeks.