Crews began the initial stages of demolishing a building at 900 Bridgeport Ave. on Friday, with the property to become the site of a Stop & Shop gas station.

Workers opened a large hole on the second floor of the 9,900-square-foot structure and started to remove and wreck some of the interior. Some interior items will be recycled, workers at the scene said.

The demolition permit has been secured for the 1.3-acre site, which is between the Stop & Shop in the Shelton Square shopping center and Burger King. The building used to house a Wachovia Bank branch and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce office.

A large hole also is being dug in the ground on the property, most likely for an underground fuel tank.

In recent weeks, the outer wall facade had been taken down and metal materials stripped from the building.

Gas station will have 10 pumps

The Stop & Shop fueling station was approved in January by the Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission. It will have five two-sided pump islands, with a kiosk for the attendant, all under a canopy.

“There is going to be an opportunity for cars to queue up without going onto Bridgeport Avenue,” said Stephen Bellis, attorney for the applicants, during the zoning approval process.

Cars entering from Bridgeport Avenue, near Burger King, will drive 200 feet before reaching the gas station entrance.