Gas station proposed for Walmart entrance |

Gas station proposed for Walmart entrance

by Scott

Special to The R-CConceptual designs showing a Golden Gate Petroleum gas station proposed for the entrance of the new Walmart store in south Gardnerville.

The first satellite business of the new Walmart in south Gardnerville will be a gas station combined with a fast food restaurant, according to plans recently submitted to Douglas County and the Town of Gardnerville.On Tuesday, Gardnerville town board members unanimously approved a design review for Golden Gate Petroleum that consisted of a 3,200-square-foot gas and convenience store and an attached 1,200-square-foot fast food restaurant on approximately 1.25 acres.The business would be located at the entrance of Walmart, which is expected to open by the end of the month. Jeremy Hutchings of RO Anderson Engineering said there would be no direct access off Highway 395 to the station, meaning patrons would have to use Grant Avenue, Charlotte Way or the future Muller Parkway to the north.According to their website, Golden Gate Petroleum is based in Martinez, Calif., and is a “multibranded wholesale distributor of fuel and lubricants,” with nine locations in Northern Nevada. Their retail brands include Shell, ExxonMobil, and 76 Lubricants, among others.Port of Subs was initially tapped for the eatery next door. On Wednesday, however, Port of Subs President Mike Powell said it was unlikely a new sandwich shop would be located so close to an existing one in the Scolari’s shopping center.“We have done a couple locations with Golden Gate already,” he said. “We considered this one in Gardnerville, but we believe it’s a little too close to an existing store. We try to engage franchisees and involve them in the decision-making process. This franchisee was really worried about it, and rightfully so.”At the same time, Powell said he doesn’t want to rule out the possibility of a location near Walmart in the future.“We’re not ready to commit to that just yet,” he said. Other than Walmart, the project is the first of the Marketplace at Virginia Ranch to be publicly reviewed. Last year, property owner Sierra Nevada SW Enterprises filed a tentative commercial subdivision map on about 22 acres. At that time, conceptual maps showed 11 buildings totaling 125,232 square feet clustered on the southern and western flanks of Walmart. Phase 1 included seven buildings ranging in size from 6,500 square feet to 16,600 square feet either fronting Highway 395 or Charlotte Way to the east. Phase 2 included four buildings ranging in size from 8,815 square feet to 15,506 square feet clustered against the future Muller Parkway that will run behind the entire development. Since its inception, the commercial subdivision has fueled speculation about potential tenants — from Trader Joe’s to Baskin Robbins. Whether purchasing a parcel or leasing land, any new business would have to submit design plans to the county and the town for review.Builder Frank Lepori, representing Sierra Nevada SW Enterprises, said he expects to break ground on the gas station this spring. News of the project comes as Maverik Inc. prepares to open another gas station and convenience store in the former Minden Gateway Center. Maverik hopes to open their doors by early February.“It seems as though gas stations and convenience stores can serve almost like mini-anchors for some of these developments,” said Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Chernock. “In that sense, of helping to encourage other businesses to locate here, it’s a good thing. Generally, competition is good for consumers.”

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