Mayor optimistic about new establishments in West Lafayette

William CasteelNewcomerstown News Published:

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Residents and visitors to the Village of West Lafayette will soon see some new and improved businesses on and near the Main Street business district. One new business will soon be opening and another, A&D Auto Repair is already open for business. Located at 330 E. Main St. (in the former Jones Marathon Service Station building), and owned by Denny and Ardie Varian, A&D Auto will offer an extensive line of auto repair for their customers.

According to Denny Varian, his family has been in the auto repair business (in the Canton area) for many years. He said he has been around the auto repair business most of his life and wanted to share his expertise with the West Lafayette community. Their hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. They are planning an official grand opening soon.

The other business, Prater Pre-Owned Cars, owned by Jason Prater and Tom Miller, will be located on North Kirk Street. According to Prater, they are in the process of getting the foundation work completed for the car lot, and will soon have a building constructed. He said they are hoping to have the business open sometime after the first of the year. They will offer various types of quality pre-owned automobiles at very reasonable rates.

Customers at the Circle K convenience mart will soon be enjoying a larger store which will include a new dining area for the Subway sandwich shop that is located in the current structure. The gas pumps will be relocated to the east of the current pumps and the entrance of the building will be located on that side as well. The store will not be adding any additional gasoline pumps, but will add a new diesel fuel pump along with the relocated pump station. The expansion includes new parking areas for customers, which is greatly needed at this point. According to information released to the media, the $190,000 expansion will add another 1,025-square feet to the already existing 2,520-square feet.

Circle K is owned by Alimentation Inc. of Canada. The current structure was originally built for the former Lawson's store in 1978.

A new restaurant is also pending to be opened on the north-east corner of Main and Kirk Street (in the former Carr's IGA building), no projected opening date or further information available at this time.

West Lafayette Village Mayor Jack Patterson is very optimistic about the new businesses and the expansion at Circle K.

He said, "This not only brings more growth and revenue to our village, but it also offers our community more selection for consumer services and products, it's a win-win situation for all of us."

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