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Valero Closed at 14th and W (for maintenance?) but Fast Gourmet Remains Open

by Prince Of Petworth February 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm 11 Comments

14th and W Street, NW

The Valero opened up back in 2012 – it was formerly and Express Gas Station. Fortunately Fast Gourmet remains open. Anyone know the plans for Valero? Just fixing the pumps or is there a bigger development planned here?

  • o2bncdg

    If I remember correctly, I think it’s pretty hard to CLOSE a DC gas station. We have so few. Maybe they’re just replacing the underground tanks.

    • anon

      Few relative to what? I can think of one gas station just south (at 15th and U) and just north (Euclid and 14th) and that’s off the top of my head. 14th St. is increasingly a place for people to exist outside of their cars, and gas stations create idling cars and general unpleasantness. There are environmental/policy impediments to redeveloping gas stations, but they eventually get redeveloped as real estate pressure amps up. I don’t know how few gas stations there would need to be before I complained about difficulty filling up, but I don’t think I’m anywhere near that point.

  • AJSE

    I went to this gas station…maybe 2 weeks or so ago? And it took me 10 minutes to pump 2 gallons of gas. No exaggeration – we ended up having to go down to the gas station at 15th & U to finish. Hope they’re fixing that and not altogether closing!

  • FridayGirl

    They’ve been digging up the pipes for the past week or so. I wasn’t there when they put new ones in (?) but I saw them hauling the old ones off and they were refilling the hole in the ground this morning. I assume it will be open again soon.

  • You Street

    I was in Fast Gourmet the other day, and the extremely nice woman taking orders told me that some previously unknown underground tanks were found during a survey, and they were required to be removed for environmental reasons. They’re hurting for business, so go there if you can. Best sandwiches in town!

  • 10thSt

    Yes. Will be reopening. According to the guys at Fast Gourmet, the new electrical is going down now and then the lot will be repaved. Support a great local spot and pop in for some food during construction.

  • Ben

    I went back for the first time in years the other day. I had forgotten how amazing their sandwiches are!

  • Pleasanter

    It’s also difficult to build new construction on top of a former gas station since I believe they are technically brownfields and need rehabilitation before new construction can occur.

    • anon

      Nevertheless, in that area, I imagine the cost-benefit might have been there. Between the escalating real estate pressures and the increased gas efficiency of cars (not to mention the growing share of electric cars), I wouldn’t be surprised to see a precipitous decrease in the number of gas stations in the city. The yo-yo’ing cost of gas and its effect on profit margins isn’t helpful.
      Guess not this station this time around, though.

      • Ward1Resident

        CM Nadeau would approve it in a heart beat if it meant more donations to her re-election campaign. Just my opinion.


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