Stop & Shop gas station coming to Bridgeport Avenue

Plans for a Stop & Shop gas station on Bridgeport Avenue were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission last week.

The fueling station will be built at 900 Bridgeport Avenue, between Stop & Shop and Burger King, in the Shelton Square Shopping Center. The applicants will first tear down the former Wachovia Bank building on the site.

The gas station will have five two-sided pump islands, with a kiosk for the attendant, all under a canopy.

Attorney Stephen Bellis, who represented the applicants, Ahold USA Retail LLC, said the application was modified to address traffic concerns.

“There is going to be an opportunity for cars to queue up without going onto Bridgeport Avenue,” Bellis said.

Cars entering from Bridgeport Avenue, near Burger King, will drive 200 feet before reaching the gas station entrance. It is essentially going to be located behind the grocery store, Bellis said.

The applicant submitted a traffic assessment, confirming no significant impacts on traffic, according to the Planning and Zoning Commission documents. The applicant must also consult with the state Department of Transportation on the Bridgeport Avenue driveway entrance and address any issues.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Rick Schultz said the applicant told the commission that the project would start soon. Attorney Bellis said he doesn’t know yet when work will begin.

“I’m not sure if they’ll want to do the demolition of the building this winter and start in the spring — I don’t have a start date,” Bellis said.

Bellis said the gas stations offer great deals to grocery store cardholders. For every dollar customers spend in the grocery store they earn one point. Customers save 10¢ per gallon for every 100 points earned.

The nearest Stop & Shop gas stations now are in Ansonia and Milford.