And then there’ll be 10

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Booming gas sales and the need for expansion mean Covington County will soon have a new Gitty-Up-Go, owner Chris Mohon said Monday.

The store, which will mark the company’s 10th location in the county, will be located on U.S. Hwy. 29 South at the old Mike Flackler Exxon site, and its construction is expected to generate three new jobs, Mohon said.

“We’re trying to get a little pressure off the location across from Tractor Supply,” he said. “It’s too busy there, and the cost was too much to put in new (gas) equipment. We thought this new location would be a perfect fit for our need and to help the neighborhood out over there.”

Mohon said site prep is under way, and he hopes the store will be ready to open in September or October. He said the overall look of the store will be similar to the other locations, but that won’t be the case inside.

“Actually, we’re trying to make this a green location,” he said. “We’re going with geothermal air conditioners, foam insulation in the whole building, LED lights and reduced water usage as far as toilets and sinks go,” he said. “It’s an experiment, too. If it works, we’ll modify our other locations.”

Mohon said the site will feature four gas pumps with a satellite diesel pump, which will allow drivers to fill both tanks on an 18-wheeler.

He said his company has been lucky during these economic times.

“People need gas, there’s no denying that,” he said. “When you add the convenience of shopping and being able to get what you need and get out, you can tell that our customers really appreciate it. It helps us keep our prices low, and it helps us to take care of our customers.

“More than anything, we’re very excited the community has give us the opportunity to grow since 1994,” he said.