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Biz Buzz: New gas station rises on old site

A Chevron gas station under construction at Marsh and Higuera streets in San Luis Obispo is slated to open in January.

The station will feature a 2,112-square-foot, 24-hour convenience store with 11 parking spots and existing gasoline bays plus four new diesel pumps, officials say.

The previous station closed in October 2008.

Rob Tachovsky, who owns two Chevron stations in Paso Robles and one in Pismo Beach, has partnered with Ricky Fleischer to form Mission Station Inc. to operate the station. The firm has a 34-year lease on the property and has budgeted $1.4 million for reconstruction and site improvements. The new station will employ nine or 10 people.

Tachovsky holds a degree in civil engineering from Cal Poly; his first job out of college was designing and building Chevron gas stations.

Fleischer recently left banking to start his own business consulting firm, Business Fundamentals Inc.

The convenience store doesn’t have a license to sell beer and wine, but the owners hope to have one by the time the store opens.

The San Luis Obispo City Council rejected a request by Mission Station to transfer a license to sell beer and wine from a business in Morro Bay, saying it didn’t want to transfer such a license from one city to another.

However, the council indicated that it will allow the transfer of an existing license from within San Luis Obispo city limits — if the men succeed in persuading an existing business to sell its alcohol license to them. Such a license transfer would not increase the overall number of alcohol establishments in the city.

According to Fleischer’s research, the site has been operated as a gas station for up to 70 years, originally under the name Standard Oil.

The city of San Luis Obispo has photographs of a gas station at the site believed to have been taken in the 1930s. The land is owned by the Creehan family, which obtained it in 1898.

— Julia Hickey Organization seeks healthy workplaces

The California Psychological Association is accepting applications for the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, which recognizes organizations that make a commitment to programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while enhancing productivity.

Applications will be accepted online through Dec. 31 at www.cpapsych.org. For details, visit www.phwa.org or contact Beverly Ford at 305-0145.

— Julia Hickey

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