ERIE, PA – Like anyone purchasing property, Country Fair discovered some surprises when it bought its 38th and Peach Street store 30 years ago. Chevron had previously operated a store at the location and leaked a significant amount of petroleum into the ground. After Country Fair acquired the location, the Erie-based company worked with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Chevron to remediate the issues. When Country Fair found signs of contamination remaining, it closed the location and coordinated with the DEP to clean it up. This involved removing pavement, petroleum equipment, and over 3,200 tons of contaminated soil from the site over a period of four months.
Paul Rankin, Vice President of Retail Marketing, said, “We want to thank the DEP the City of Erie, and our neighboring businesses for working with us during this massive project.” He added, “We look forward to serving customers at the newly remodeled store,” which is scheduled to open Monday, August 12. It features a fresh new menu, including Bean to Cup coffee and a Pure line of fountain drinks, hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, and a broad range of fresh and local products.
Country Fair employs over 1300 people at its 71 stores, in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. It was the only convenience store named as one of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers in 2019 by Forbes.