Huge news story for folks along the Lee Road corridor in Eastern Douglas County. A long-time convenience store and truck stop is about to undergo a complete overhaul and rebuild. The Marathon station that sits just to the north of Interstate 20 at the Sweetwater Industrial Boulevard intersection is in the early stages of construction to build a new facility and add new fast food options to the menu for both local residents and hungry cross-country travelers. The old house that sat on the property for decades has now been torn down to make way for relocating the main building. On the construction plans we saw that they include relocating the original building farther north on the property and turning the new building to face Interstate 20. The pumps will be reconfigured, and additional ones will be built to accommodate more traffic. New truck pumps will be added on the back side of the property, but the bigger story will be the addition of two fast-food options inside the building itself. The plans call for Dunkin Donuts and Subway to open there. The Dunkin Donuts will also include a drive-thru window on the far side of the building.
The project itself is important because it will be a jumpstart to new development or possibly the return of former fast-food options along the I-20/Lee Road interchange. Most businesses, save the JP Marathon, closed due to the heavy construction involved with the reconstruction of the interchange. We will, of course, keep our eye out for any new or returning businesses along the Lee Road corridor over the next few months.