BUCKHANNON — Members of the community gathered Wednesday morning, February 9 at Buckhannon’s new Kroger Fuel Center for a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Buckhannon commissioners Kristie Tenney, Terry Cutright and Samuel Nolte were in attendance, along with other prominent figures of the town. Kroger employees and members from Kroger’s West Virginia district were also present.
“Our community is thrilled that the very long-awaited Kroger fuel station is now open for our citizens. We appreciate Kroger’s continued support commitment, and presence in Upshur County. Competition in business is always a good thing. With additional local options to purchase fuel, hopefully the pricing will be more favorable for everyone who lives, works, and plays here. Thank you to Kroger! We wish you nothing but continued success,” said Mayor Robbie Skinner.
John Tuck, Center Store Field Specialist for West Virginia, said, “We’re excited to bring this new convenience to the Buckhannon community. The store has been here a long time and the community has greatly supported us and we’re glad we can return the favor with this new service.”
“We are so thankful for the community’s support as we open our new fuel center. It has been a long time coming. We have an amazing group of associates. Everyone from the community, we thank you. Your support has been nothing but short of amazing,” said Tina Hitch, District Manager for Kroger stores in West Virginia.
“I think it will be a great asset to the community,” Paul Hanline, Manager for the Kroger Fuel Center in Buckhannon, said.
In addition to Kroger associates and community members who were present, a representative from Governor Jim Justice’s office was in attendance and presented a letter from Governor Jim Justice. Lynn Phillips, Regional Representative at West Virginia Department of Transportation, read the letter to the members of the ribbon cutting event. It summarized the welcoming of the fuel center and the benefits it will bring to the community.
“Our fuel centers add another layer of convenience for our customers, while giving us the opportunity to thank them for shopping at Kroger,” said James Menees, Corporate Affairs Manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “We’ve been rewarding customers with fuel savings since 2004, and for some of our Plus Card customers, discounts can be as high as $1 a gallon, depending on the number of groceries purchased.”
The fuel center kiosk offers snacks, soft drinks, tobacco products and auto supplies. The center will be offering 20 cents off their fuel purchases from Wednesday, February 9 to Saturday, February 12.