The remodeling of the RaceTrac store at the corner of Hog Mountain Road and U.S. 441 north of Watkinsville is in the final stages and should be completed by the end of the month, according to Karissa Bursch, communications manager for the the Atlanta-based company.
The new store will have a more modern store layout that includes updated building architecture, a new Swirl World frozen treat station, an expanded coffee area with more counter space, according to Bursch.
Plans filed with the Oconee County Planning Department show an outdoor patio with picnic tables on the south side of the station, and workers were busy with that part of the $590,000 remodeling project today (Saturday).
The county issued a building permit for complete remodeling of the store on Oct. 17. The permit application had estimated the project would have been completed by Nov. 15.
The 3,969-square-foot building housing the convenience store will be expanded to 4,114 square feet in size, according to the site and utility plan filed with the county Planning Department.
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Total retail space will be 1,747 square feet.
The building was constructed in 2004, according to county tax records, and sits on just less than 2 acres.
Total assessed value is $614,513. The property is owned by Semantic Realty LLC of Smyrna.
The store has been completely closed during remodeling, and the screening around the site has been removed only in recent days.
Bursch told me in an email message yesterday that the Swirl World is a “guest favorite.”
She describes it as a “frozen treat station (that) offers a variety of frozen yogurt, ice cream and Italian Ice flavors (with swirling potential!) and an assortment of 41 toppings, including fresh fruits, chocolates and candies.”
The new signage for the convenience store and gas station promotes the Swirl World.
The updated RaceTrac food offering in the store will include pizza slices, breakfast sandwiches, hot and cold lunch sandwiches, salads, wraps, fruit cups, whole fruits, and fresh-baked pastries, Bursch said.
RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. operates more than 600 company-owned and third-party contract operated stores under the RaceTrac and RaceWay names in 12 southern states, according to the company web site.
The company also has an Oconee County store at Mars Hill Road and U.S. 78.