Quick Chek Application Receives Approval
Convenience store and gas station would be open 24 hours a day.
A new Quick Chek will be located on Hamburg Turnpike in a few years.
The Planning Board approved the privately owned company’s application Tuesday to build a new convenience store and gas station on the former Chrysler Dodge property.
The site is located at the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and Ratzer Road.
The new business would occupy the one vacant corner in what is an otherwise busy intersection. CVS, 7-Eleven, and Brother Bruno’s Pizza are all located around the property. William Paterson University is located a few hundred feet up the road.
Local business owners told the board they were concerned that the approval will have a detrimental effect on their businesses.
Naik said business is down and that adding Quick Chek will only cause him to lose more business.
“It’s not just going to affect me, but other small businesses in the area,” said Jaydeep Naik, owner of the 7-Eleven store across from the location. “My employees are going to lose their jobs.”
The business would offer commuters and residents another place to purchase gas on the heavily traveled roadway.
Unlike other area convenience stores, Quick Chek will have 13 seats inside and 20 outside for patrons to sit and eat.
A traffic impact study conducted last year determined that the majority of vehicles heading into the establishment would already be traveling on local roads.
Vehicles will not be allowed to turn left onto Hamburg Turnpike from the parking lot. Officials said the move should minimize traffic delays on the roadway.
Charles Olivo, a traffic expert, testified that the county Planning Board will allow drivers to turn left into the parking lot from Hamburg Turnpike.
Like the Exxon gas station on Route 23 South, the eight fuel stations would be located under a canopy.
The three existing buildings on the property will be torn down.
The store is scheduled to open by 2014.