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Gas station/store construction resumes in Hadley

  • Construction has begun at the site of a new Pride store and gas station at the corner of Bay Road (Route 47) and Russell Street (Route 9) in Hadley. GAZETTE PHOTO/ KEVIN GUTTING

  • GAZETTE PHOTO KEVIN GUTTING Construction has begun at the site of a new Pride store and gas station at the corner of Bay Road (Route 47) and Russell Street (Route 9) in Hadley.

  • A 25,000 gallon fuel tank waits to be placed underground on the site of a new Pride store and gas station being constructed at the corner of Bay Road and Russell Street in Hadley.


For The Recorder
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

HADLEY — Construction on a Pride gas station and convenience store at the site of the old Aqua Vita restaurant, just east of the Coolidge Bridge on Route 9, resumed this week.

A Springfield-based company will build a 7,477-square-foot convenience store, which will have a beer and wine license and a fuel pumping station.

In 2008, Pride spent more than $3 million to buy the land and buildings between 15 and 29 Russell St., including the longtime restaurant, the former Aqua Vitae Motel, a home formerly owned by Tanya and Robert Thomas, the Frank Balicki estate home and a home previously owned by Aqua Vitae owners Jung Si Jung and Yeong Ja Jung.

The structures were all demolished in late 2015, with the site largely cleared of trees.