NOW OPEN: Stop & Shop gas station in Shelton should open soon

THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The Shelton Stop & Shop gas station opened for business this afternoon, with regular unleaded priced at just below $3.79 a gallon.

The new gas station at the Shelton Stop & Shop could open as soon as Thursday, May 22.

As of late Wednesday, the company was waiting to receive the final permit to open the 10-pump station at the Shelton Square Shopping Center on Bridgeport Avenue.

In the past few days, the final layer of asphalt has been added to the area near the pumps, white lines to direct traffic have been painted on the driveway, and landscaping work has been done.

There will be only one way to enter the pump area and one way to leave, with both the entrance and exit being one way.

The gas station is located between the supermarket and Burger King.

Cold weather, demolition were issues

Stop & Shop officials had hoped to open new facility during the winter, but demolition challenges delayed progress and then cold weather halted construction work until the arrival of spring.

A former office building — which once housed a bank and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce offices — had to be knocked down to make way for the gas station on a 1.3-acre parcel at 900 Bridgeport Ave.

The Stop & Shop fueling station was approved in early 2013 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.

Once completed, cars entering from Bridgeport Avenue — near the Burger King— will drive 200 feet before reaching the gas station entrance.