QUESTION: What’s going on at the site of an old Circle K convenience store that once stood at the juncture of South Mebane Street and Alamance Road in Burlington?
ANSWER: The circle of life has apparently obliterated all traces of the old Circle K at 2602 South Mebane Street, as workers lay the foundation for an entirely new brand of convenience store at this well-traveled location.
According to county land records, the store’s former site came under new ownership in May of 2021, when a Durham-based firm called M. M. Fowler purchased the property for $1.1 million. Since then, the city’s inspections department has recorded a flurry of activity at this location – beginning with the approval of a demolition permit on November 2.
The city issued several more permits in the coming months – including one for signage that identified BP as the designated fuel purveyor for the new convenience store. Meanwhile, the city’s inspections department has signed off on a couple of building permits that allow for the construction of a new store building and canopy at this location.
The particulars of this project are laid out in more detail in a site plan that obtained a nod from a staff-level technical review committee last year. This plan, which entitled “Family Fare: Mebane Street,” depicts a one-story, brick building with a proposed footprint of 3,321 square feet.
It also envisions a long rambling, canopy with eight pairs of gas pumps situated in front of the building.
The site will be the company’s third Burlington location (others are on South Church Street and Maple Avenue); there is also one in Graham.
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