By TRAVIS HANDY
After two and a half months of watching steady construction in Fairlawn, drivers can now pull in and fill up at a new fuel center opened by Kroger Thursday. The center serves the Fairlawn and Radford areas and Pulaski County.
Construction began on the fuel center in April across the parking lot from the Kroger store located at 7480 Lee Highway, with crews tearing down the former Allstate Insurance building. The new center brings the number of fuel stations in the Fairlawn area to five.
A press release from the company said Kroger has created eight new jobs with the opening of the center, and it will sell several grades of gasoline and auto supplies, candy and tobacco products. It has five dispensers in 10 service lanes.
“Having a fuel center at our store in Radford will enhance convenience for our loyal customers and enable them to take advantage of low prices, especially when they use the Kroger Plus Card and the Kroger 1-2-3 Rewards Visa card,” said Allison McGee, spokesperson. Discounts are valid at any of the 72 Kroger fuel centers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
A “grand opening” of the center is planned for June 30 with an additional 10 cents off the price of gasoline.
Kroger also has fuel centers in Christiansburg and Blacksburg in the New River Valley.
Kroger operates 120 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, based in Roanoke.