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BJ’s Wholesale Club plans Route 58 gas station

A long-shuttered gas station at the southeast corner of Route 58 and Ostrander Avenue may become a gas station once again.

Property owner TSA Capital is proposing to open a BJ’s Wholesale Club gas station on the property with four fuel pumps, eight fueling stations, a 2,628-square-foot canopy, a 165-square-foot attendant kiosk with a bathroom and various landscaping improvements.

Unlike most gas station, a convenience store is not part of the proposal, according to Chris Kent, the attorney for the applicant.

Several years ago, Stop & Shop and Shell had jointly proposed to re-open this site as a gas station, but that plan, which had town approval, never materialized.

Since then, TSA Capital has assembled parcels with a church to the south of the property to make the gas station conform with zoning.

BJ’s has operated a Route 58 store slightly east of this site for close to 20 years, and has more than 120 gas stations nationwide, according to company representative George Goff.

Most of them are on the same property as the BJ’s stores, but they do have other locations with gas stations on separate lots, he said.

The on-site gas stations are only open to BJ’s members, but the off-site stations are open to the public, although BJ’s cardholders will pay a lower price, Mr. Goff said.

The restroom proposed for the site will not be available to the public, he added.

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on this proposal at its Sept. 7 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.

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