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Construction gridlocks GVF

Gas station forced to close early on Monday

The few motorists that did make their way into GVF early Monday afternoon were greeted by signs alerting them to the temporary closure. According to GVF owners, the ongoing utility work threatens to put them out of business. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
December 14, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — The owners of Globe Village Fuel (GVF) have reached the end of their rope.

As though making a living in the middle of a recession isn't hard enough, the Rizk family has had to do so with an ongoing utility project continually opening and repaving the road outside of their gas station and convenience store, making it unnecessarily difficult for customers to get in and out.

The repair work on a National Grid gas line began in late summer in front of the gas station at the intersection of West and Main streets as part of a larger project that had crews working on Hamilton, Sayles, Lovely and other streets as well.

Despite the initially predicted end date of Oct. 25, the Rizks made the decision to temporarily close their store and gas station for part of Monday, Dec. 14 as a result of the work that is still going on.

According to owner Pascale Rizk, Monday's work produced an inordinate amount of dust, making it difficult to breathe while standing at the gas pumps. Rizk ended up closing the station in the middle of the day, opening at 3 p.m. when work finished for the day.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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