BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: With increasing fuel prices and automated service, paying at the pumps feels like highway robbery to many North Durham residents. However, one Scugog Island gas station is striving to improve the perception and convenience of fueling up.
Phil Edgar, owner of Fill-Up Fuels on Island Rd., is happy to announce the expansion of his popular full service gas bar - with plans to complete the project later this month.
Sparked by increased attendance and a steady stream of customers, additions to the gas station will include two new pumps servicing three grades of gasoline, and a 30 foot expansion of the exisiting canopy roof.
"For many people these days, going to a gas station isn't a very positive experience - we hope to change that," said Mr. Edgar. "We're trying to bring back the old-school gas bar philosophy, by providing fast, friendly and personal service."
The gas station could be considered a local success story for Scugog Island. Since opening in June of 2012, gas-tanks have been filled on a nearly constant basis.
In just two short years, Fill-Up Fuels has outgrown itself, and lines of vehicles waiting for the pumps often spill on to Island Rd.
"For many people, time is money - with additional pumps and full-service, we can keep an extra twelve cars moving through every five minutes," said Mr. Edgar.
Fill-Up Fuels also makes large donations to the Baagwaating Community Association, and sponsors local baseball and hockey teams.
When the Port Perry MoJacks needed new equipment, Mr. Edgar gladly donated new hockey bags to support the team.
"The people of Scugog support us with their business, so I like to do businesses locally and give back to the community," said Mr. Edgar. "We can't change the high-prices of fuel, but we can do our best to make our customers happy."