|Stagecoach Stop offers fuel|
|November 20, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Stagecoach Stop owners Kent Ewing (left) and Theresa Greenough are joined by Tony Kaufman, Gering’s mayor elect, and Chamber Ambassadors to cut the ribbon on the addition of new gas pumps at their Gering convenience store.
When Kent Ewing opened Stagecoach Stop on the east edge of Gering four years ago, he knew it would be a work in progress. And he took another step with the opening of gas pumps at his convenience store on M Street in Gering.
“I always wanted to have gas pumps,” Ewing said. “But starting out, we only had the financing to build the store. After four years, the bankers knew this would work and has the traffic flow to be successful.”
He said getting into the gas business is an expensive venture. First came the concrete work and installing underground tanks. Then there’s the government paperwork. Another challenge is the ongoing costs of purchasing fuel in a market where wholesale prices fluctuate on a daily basis.
“We have tankers rolling up maybe twice a week,” he said. “It’s all revolving money, but you have to have it to start with.”
Ewing said they plan to be expanding in the future. The main building has some space and he said he’s considering maybe a coffee shop or ice cream parlor. But those are just ideas for now.
“There are a few opportunities I’m working on to expand this part of town,” he said. “This entire corridor along M Street and Old Oregon Trail is a high volume traffic area. “There’s opportunity here to become one of the top retail areas in Gering. So we’re going to try to take advantage of it.”