By Mila Besich Lira
Representatives from the Circle K Corporation held a neighborhood meeting last week to share their plans for the possible construction of a new 4400 square feet Circle K in Superior. The company is currently in escrow to purchase the Superior RV park, where they plan on building their new store. The store will be have 10 gas pumps, but will not be built to be a truck stop. Many have speculated that a fast food restaurant was being planned for the site, but company officials explained that the new convenience store will not have a restaurant attached.
The current lease on the existing Circle K expires in 2016. It is unknown if the existing store will remain open. Company representatives explained that the store being proposed will require variance requests for signage, and zoning changes that will need to be approved by the Town of Superior Planning and Zoning Commission and the Superior Town Council. The company will also need permits from ADOT to approve the entry and exits to the store. Circle K is currently working with both the town and ADOT regarding their permits and variances.
One major concern that was brought up by both the company and community members in attendance is the proposed medians that will be added to the highway when four lanes through Superior are constructed. Company officials are working with ADOT to ensure that there is adequate entry and exit from the store. Should the medians be installed the store may have to include an entry and exit to the store via Palma Rd., which will allow west bound traffic to access the store.
The timeline for start of construction and completion is pending until all permits and variances are in place.