San Pasqual Economic Development to Break Ground on $7M Hybrid Fuel Center, Mini Mart

The $7 million project, Horizon Gas Station and The Pit Stop Market, one structure, are projected for completion in early 2021.

One business resilient amid the coronavirus pandemic is the hybrid fuel station/convenience store. Even while shelter-at-home and curfew orders are in effect, most Tribal governments observe Tribal c-stores as providing an essential function. Not only do most c-stores remain open — they stay busy.

READ MORE: Sanitation, Signage & Putting Employees First: Tribal C-Store Response to COVID-19 

So the first of many projects underway by the San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation is fitting: Horizon Gas Station and The Pit Stop Market in Valley Center, California. The corporation plans to break ground on the $7 million project soon, with a forecasted opening in early 2021. 

“This project is the first chapter of many successful ventures for the San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation and is dedicated with pride, respect and honor to the people of the San Pasqual reservation,” says Hellyaachwehay Quisquis, President/CEO of the San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation.

The primary objective of San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation is sustaining the economic well-being of the Tribe, while making a positive effect on the community and the city of Valley Center, explains Steven Cope, Chairman of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. “It will provide many great benefits, not only to our community but surrounding communities, when it comes to fuel, grocery products and more,” Cope noted. 

Sprawling across 8,100 square feet in Valley Center, Horizon Gas Station and The Pit Stop Market marks a milestone for San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation. TLM Petro Labor Force has been named the general contractor and will begin working on the project July 20, 2020. The design of the seven-million-dollar project will reflect the woodsy feel of Valley Center, surrounded by iconic mountains and terrain.

“It’s more than unique and very exciting to be able to build something of this magnitude,” said Trinidad Martinez, owner of TLM Petro Labor Force. “We feel that this is going to be a great value to the community and know that everybody will enjoy the design and construction of it.”

A drive-thru window for the mini market can streamline low-contact orders and offer convenience. Customers can choose from made-to-order food, unique, specialized and delicious fresh local products, gourmet coffee, snacks and sundries.  

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