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C-store chain Fast Eddy’s plans four more Meridian sites

Four more Fast Eddy’s convenience stores are slated in Meridian over the next year.

Owner Steve Eddy plans stores at the southeast corner of Ten Mile Road and Pine Street, the southeast corner of Locust Grove and Overland roads, in CentrePoint Marketplace at Eagle and Ustick Roads, and at Ten Mile and McMillan roads near the planned Walmart.

Steve Eddy and wife, Tracie Eddy, in 2003 sold 13 Chevron convenience stores to the larger Jacksons Food Stores chain, of Meridian. They sold two others to independent operators.

In their sale to Jacksons, the Eddys kept the Fast Eddy’s brand, signing a non-compete agreement that allowed them to build three stores between 2003 and 2008. They opened one in 2007 at Ustick and Linder Road in Meridian. The planned projects were delayed by the economic slowdown.

Eddy’s is diversifying sales and not relying on margin-pressured fuel sales, Steve Eddy said. Car washes and large, upscale stores are planned at the four new Meridian locations.

A 5,800-square-foot store, plus car wash, are planned at Ten Mile and Pine roads; construction will start in January and end by June.

A store at Locust Grove and Overland will include a 2,700-square-foot quick-lube facility as well as a tunneled “flex” car wash of 10,000 square feet. The Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission approved the Locust Grove-Overland plan Nov. 3. Eddy’s expects construction to start there in April and conclude by early August.

The Eagle-Ustick project will have the same design and construction schedule as Locust Grove-Overland, Eddy said. Both sites are about 4 acres.

Plans at Ten Mile and McMillan call for a 5,800-square-foot store and a smaller car wash, like the site at Ten Mile and Pine. Construction could start around September, he said.

Architect Roger Foster designed the stores. No contractor has been named. Florida-based Car Wash Architect is involved in the “flex” car washes. Cost estimates were not released.

Fast Eddy’s plans to employ about 15 people full-time and part-time at the Ten Mile stores, and 35 to 50 at Eagle-Ustick and Locust Grove-Overland, Eddy said.

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