What’s in Store: Gas bars going up and down around Langley

It’s been a while since I’ve focused on the eastern end of town and the business happenings out there, so here’s a little sampling.

For those in town who tend – as I do – to head to the Shell station on the Aldergrove and Abbotsford border for cheap gasoline, you’ve probably already noticed there’s a lot of construction on that site, including the expansion of the car wash and the addition of a new Starbucks at that same corner.

Likewise, at the intersection of 264th Street and Fraser Highway, a “for lease” sign has been erected, indicating the old Husky gas station site might soon be converted into a large strip mall.

And speaking of gas bars, have you notice the former gas station and Evergreen Market at 248th Street and 56th Avenue has come tumbling down…

I’ll be keeping an eye peeled to see what might be erected in its place. The Township couldn’t shed any light on the plans for that site, just yet.

Keeping on the gas theme, here’s one for some of the old-timers like me in town, who can remember a day when there was a gas station (a Chevron) at 240th Street and Fraser Highway.

Again, another “for lease” sign has gone up on that corner, which might just be wishful thinking on the part of that landowner.

And again, on the subject of gas, Imperial Oil (which flies the Esso banner) seems to be coming along swimmingly with the construction of its newest gas station at the corner of Glover Road and Langley Bypass.

Ideal location, one might say, given all the work underway in that area to turn it into a luxury auto mall (with BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and even the new Porsche dealership on its way by fall).

And just a little north on Glover, at 216th Street, rumours are flying that some land has recently been sold and that a new Shell station and Timmy’s is going to be setting up shop there.

Okay, I’ve expended all my “gas” news for now.

Networking remains priority for chamber

Tuesday will mark the monthly chamber of commerce meeting at Cascades Casino, but there are also a few other networking opportunities on the calendar for this month, in which business operators might be anxious to partake.

You might recall me mentioning the first chamber open house being held in Langley City on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the My Thai Restaurant, 20542 Fraser Hwy., from 4 to 6 p.m. Then, the next networking open house is geared at South Langley businesses (Murrayville, Brookswood, and Fernridge) is being hosted Thursday, Feb. 27, again from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ocean Park Pizza & Steakhouse on 40th Avenue in Brookswood.

While the latter two events are free, people must RSVP by calling 604-530-6656, or email info@langleychamber.com. And, by the by, there’s a marketing workshop on the books for Feb. 27. Info at www.langleychamber.com.

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