Owner and operator Dennis Acton said the Tracy station is the third in his collection of Arco franchises, with additional stations in Concord and Suisun City, and it has been well received by the local residents since its opening Oct. 11.
“The community has been really excited we’re here,” Acton said, greeting customers with a smile as they approached the registers Wednesday, Oct. 31. “Almost every customer, I’m getting thanks for being here. People are very happy they got a gas station.”
He said one woman told him she had waited 30 years for a gas station in southern Tracy.
On Wednesday, customers came in waves, filling up the gas pumps area. When one vehicle left, it wasn’t long before another took its place.
“It’s my second time here,” said Karina Aguirre, as she put gasoline into her pickup truck “Pretty nice; closer to my house now. I like that.”
Once he decided to open a business in Tracy, Acton said he was looking at the site near the corner of Tracy Boulevard and Valpico Road for two years. He said location is the key to success, along with good prices for gasoline.
Although the station’s am/pm convenience store offers the expected chips, jerky and sodas, offerings go beyond traditional.
What makes this Arco unique, Acton said, is a bake shop and hot food station with goodies all prepared on site throughout the day.
In addition to more than 20 baked goods, including Danish, doughnuts, concha, cinnamon rolls and cookies, the shop also sells corn and beef hotdogs, pizza, chicken and rib sandwiches and burgers, for prices ranging from $1.50 to $3.50 depending on the item. The fully stocked condiment bar includes jalapeños and salsa.
“It’s fresh food on the rack,” Acton said. “Food to go.”
The clean, well-lit gas station is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the adjacent carwash offers one free wash with every three paid washes for $4.99 each.
“Everybody seems real happy we took this spot,” Acton said.
There are two other Arco stations in Tracy, at 3425 Tracy Blvd. and at 2430 Joe Pombo Parkway, that are not owned by Acton.
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