April 9, 2019
“We wanted a location with a little higher visibility in Medicine Hat and this was the perfect fit,” says Gas King president Brent Morris of the expansion. “Plus, we liked the idea that it had the car wash bays so everything fit into place.”
Gas King is an independent chain of gas stations and car washes operating in Southern Alberta. The company has seven gas stations throughout Lethbridge, Picture Butte and Medicine Hat.
Gas King purchased Kingsway Gas and Car Wash in January 2017. In May 2018, the existing convenience store, gas bar and car wash underwent eight months of intensive renovations.
“We gutted the store interior, added a walk-in cooler, changed the store layout, installed new fuel tanks, new pumps, new piping, a new canopy, and then we added updated equipment in the self-serve car wash and installed a brand-new automated car wash as well,” says Morris. “We also have a new kitchen and we’re making fresh sandwiches.”
The Kingsway Avenue pit stop re-opened on Jan. 30, 2019 with a brand-new 1,500 square foot store, four self-serve wash bays, one automated wash bay and new gas pumps. Approximately 10 employees work at the business.
Kingsway Avenue is a major thoroughfare with daily traffic counts between 12,000 and 15,000. It connects South Railway Street and Dunmore Road, from the city centre to the south. Professional services, salons, home renovation stores, restaurants, automotive maintenance businesses, and a variety of retailers are located on Kingsway Avenue.
Medicine Hat is Southeast Alberta’s primary service centre with a total catchment area of approximately 140,000 people. Major commercial nodes include Downtown, Southlands, Box Springs and Northlands, with commercial construction underway in all corners of the city. This commercial construction has been driven in part by major projects announced and underway in the Medicine Hat area.
“In the past year, Medicine Hat and area saw nearly $1 billion worth of commercial and industrial projects break ground,” says Jon Sookocheff, interim CEO, Invest Medicine Hat. “This includes a number of transformational industrial projects in cannabis, cryptocurrency, and renewable energy, and more commercial projects are making their way to market.”