Jennerstown Valero

Crews from Penelec and SR&G Construction Co., Inc., in Johnstown, work on a new Valero store at the junction of U.S. Route 30 and state Route

985 on Tuesday in Jennerstown.

Jennerstown Speedway served as a high-speed introduction to the food service industry for Zachary Damico.

Now, he’s switching gears – partnering with a local pair to open a full-service convenience store with a cooked-to-order menu and beer sales at a busy U.S. Route 30 intersection in Jennerstown.

Damico, his wife, Chelsy, and Watkins Service Station owners Lori and Allen Hall are launching their first Fuel30 station on West Pitt Street in Jennerstown, with the hope it’ll open its doors to the public by September.

In following the national trend of restaurant-style convenience stores, Damico said the location will features a full menu of coffee drinks and custom-made salads and sandwiches – including cheesesteaks and hamburgers that will be grilled to order.

“We’re going to be more like a Five Guys than just some typical gas station,” he said. 

“Everything’s going to be prepared when its ordered.”

The 4,000-square-foot store would feature space for domestic and craft brews, as well as local wines and baked goods, Damico said.

Texas-based Valero, which supplies gas stations across the nation, will fuel the store’s 6 pumping stations, he said.

They’ll carry the Valero logo, he added.

Damico was born and raised in the Somerset area and spent the last several years working at Jennerstown Speedway, so the area is “home,” he said.

“This is close to home for me, so it’s great that we’re opening our first location here,” Damico said.

He’s hopeful it won’t be the last.

“The convenience store industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the county, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” Damico said.

Construction work has been underway on the site since April 15.

Construction crews were busy at the site this week, continuing work on the structure and surrounding property.

A sign near the road advertises the business as “Coming Soon.”

“We’re excited to move forward,” Damico said.

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5053. Follow him on Twitter @TDDavidHurst and Instagram @TDDavidHurst.