Grading work has begun on a plot of land planned for the construction of a Circle K gas station and convenience store in Wildomar.
The site -- at Bundy Canyon Road and Sellers Road -- has been prepared for a 2,776-square-foot convenience store; a 996-square-foot car wash; a fuel canopy measuring 4,395 square feet and 1,007 square feet in attached leasing space.
Though the pad has room for more buildings, including three drive-through restaurants, there are currently no plans for other commercial construction under review, according to assistant City Manager Gary Nordquist.
Mayor Ben Benoit told Patch he is happy about the plans, since the gas stations currently in the city often become crowded and motorists are forced to wait for turns at the pumps.
"Very regularly I get stuck for 20 minutes waiting for gas," Benoit said.
"I know we could use another gas station," Benoit said.
The sales revenue which the city can expect from another gas station is healthy, officials said.
"Gas and alcohol sales from the gas stations are our biggest sales," Benoit told Patch, adding that the city welcomes new businesses.
"I know a lot of people in the community are interested in it," Benoit said.
According to Nordquist, service stations accounted for $137,502 -- or 45.8 percent -- of the total $300,296 sales tax revenue that Wildomar received during the third quarter of the 2011 calendar year.
Currently the developers are still doing some traffic studies to decide whether they must install a traffic light on Sellers Road, which is required, but perhaps not primarily for the Circle K.