SCUGOG: Local drivers travelling along the Simcoe St. corridor between Durham's northern and southern municipalities will have to remember to fill up closer to home this spring, as work on a rural gas station has hit a roadblock.
Last March, the Esso station located at 10550 Simcoe St. (at the Old Simcoe Rd. intersection) suddenly closed its doors, with yellow caution tape in place of fuel pumps. The lot, which still contains the building that housed the station's store, saw the removal of fuel tanks last spring and has since become an occasional parking spot for trucks.
According to Tom McMillan, a spokesperson for Parkland Fuel Corporation, attempts to sell the property to potential gas station operators have so far been unsuccessful. He explained that the station was originally shut down by Parkland after an economic analysis of the location deemed the station to be "not profitable" enough to warrant its continued operation.
While Parkland is continuing in its search for a potential buyer, Mr. McMillan said that it's too early to tell whether another gas station will open at the site.
Rural gas stations along that stretch of road are few and far between.
The Esso gas station was the only one on Simcoe St. between the Hwy. 7A intersection in Port Perry - home to three service stations, including another Esso - and the north end of Oshawa, where another gas station is located next to the Durham College/UOIT campus.
North of Hwy. 7A in Port Perry (which boasts a cluster of three stations), northbound drivers on Simcoe St. in need of fuel have to fill up at the Ultramar, located at the Beech St. intersection, before reaching the next set of pumps in Manilla.