The owners of Brookfield’s only gas station hope to soon start building a convenience store on the property and then replacing the pumps and canopy.
“We are waiting on the weather to get better,” co-owner Ilham Ramahi said of when construction could start.
Ramahi and her husband, Basel, of Austintown, bought the gas station at 7257 Warren Sharon Road, in front of the former Valley View Department Store, six years ago through their company, IB Fuel Express LLC. They have two sons who work there.
The plan is to build the 1,066-square-foot, single-story store north of where the pumps are now, and then to redo the gas station area, she said.
“We’re looking to improve the business and to help the area with a convenient (store) with a gas station with everything,” Ramahi said. “We’re looking forward to do that for us and the neighborhood, to make it nicer.”
The store will have a kitchen for freshly made orders, although the menu has not been set, she said. The store will sell alcohol, she said.
“It’s a neighborhood gas station and people love it, and we always try and provide the service and the help,” Ramahi said.
The current gas station only has one person working a shift, and the Ramahis will have to hire additional workers to staff the store; most likely, to have two working each shift.
Murphy Contracting Co. of Youngstown is the general contractor for the store construction, and the work is expected to take six months “if everything’s delivered on time,” Ramahi said. The pumps will be closed for a short period of time when the revamp of the gas station begins, she said.
“Hopefully it comes together and it’s gonna look nice and it’s gonna provide for the neighborhood,” Ramahi said. “It’ll be nice that they (customers) can find everything.”
Olsavsky Jaminet Architects Inc. designed the building, which will have a facade of stucco and split-faced concrete block, and the Trumbull County Building Dept. has issued a building permit.