Save-On aims for Victoria Day re-opening

Double-stamp Sundays and full service at the pumps to be maintained at renovated station

Crews are hard at work in downtown Ladysmith

Crews are hard at work in downtown Ladysmith

Hang on to your coupons and keep counting down your Sundays.

Ladysmith Save-On Gas should be back at your service again in about two months.

The popular gas station tucked off First Avenue at the Symonds Street roundabout temporarily closed its doors Sunday night to kick off a $500,000 renovation project.

According to manager Jay Wallace, the project isn’t expected to result in any drastic changes to what the station has to offer. Instead, it’s more about updating the equipment and the look.

“It’s an old-looking store,” Wallace said. “The old is going to be new. We’re ripping out the old tanks and putting new ones in. There will be new pumps and a new front to the store.”

Also on the checklist is a plan to adjust the angle of the pumps and the curb entry from the roundabout in an attempt to give drivers better access to what Wallace admits are tight quarters.

The interior of the store will be freshened up too, although Wallace expects the blue colour and the PaceMart and Save-On Gas brands to be maintained. The goal is to re-open on the May long weekend.

Save-On is owned by Gordon Pace of Duncan, who also owns Shell stations in Sooke and Campbell River and the Lee’s Chicken franchise. The local station is expected to continue renting its service bays out to neighbouring Den’s Ladysmith Collision Centre, and employs even people when fully operating.

Wallace said regular patrons can count on all their favourite extras returning when the station re-opens: coupons, check; double-stamp Sundays, check; full-service gas pumping, check.

“It’s still going to be the same service,” Wallace said. “We love them, they love us.”