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August 13, 2012

Ex-BP Pump-N-Munch to disappear into Zone?

Autozone headerIt looks like after many years of standing empty, the long-empty BP Pump-N-Munch C-store on South Broadway at 16th Street could be scraped off the high-profile corner.

 A plan has been submitted to the city to demolish the former gas station to clear the site for the construction of a new store. AutoZone is revving up to build its second Rochester store on the site.

However, the deal is still in play as the city staffers look over the plans, and final design tweaks are in the works.

If everything works out as AutoZone and owners of ex-Pump-N-Munch hope, this project will fire up action on the corner that has been quiet — except for the sale of sweet corn where the pumps used to stand — since the convenience store closed in 2009.

John Jensen and Jack Briggs of Kato Inc. closed seven of their Pump-N-Munches in rapid succession that summer. Since then, most have been demolished or re-purposed.
Once the gas station is history, construction plans call for a new 6,446-square-foot AutoZone auto parts store to be built there, The proposal shows 35 parking spots for the store.

No one from AutoZone or anyone associated with the property was available for comment about the possible store. Right now the project is just waiting to be cleared for take off by the city.

If this deal can finally click after being the works for quite a while, it would mean AutoZone could park a store in south Rochester near its two main national competitors in the fierce auto-parts race — Advance Auto Parts and O'Reilly Auto Parts.

AutoZone, the industry leader very closely followed by the other two, already has a store on North Broadway.


Just what we need, another part store on the south end to add to the 5 more there...

wish it was sonics. Like we need another auto parts store added to the other 4 or 5 in the area

I agree.I thought that would be a perfect spot for a Sonic or any other new restaurant we don't have in this area already.

Like we need another food vendor in addition to the five or six alrady there?

I go to food vendors more frequently than auto part stores.

Was it just me or did that BP have a very neat canopy for the pumps on it?

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