Steel beams were put in place Friday for the canopy of the new Stop & Shop gas station being built adjacent to the supermarket on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

The beams were hoisted into place by a large crane. The canopy will be located over the pumps and include a fire-suppression system.

To prepare the 1.3-acre site between the supermarket and Burger King in the Shelton Square shopping center, a 9,900-square-foot building was demolished. The building had been vacant for an extended period, but previously housed a Wachovia Bank branch and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce office.

Gas station will have 10 pumps

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.

“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.