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Best Interior Design (Single Store)*
Honorable Mention: Gas Land Shell, East Fishkill, N.Y. (Routes 376/82)
Designer: Nesheiwat Builders Inc.
When Mitch Nesheiwat, owner of Gas Land Petroleum Inc. and designer Nesheiwat Builders Inc., undertook constructing an entirely new facility, he was determined to not lose any business as he created the state-of-the-art convenience store customers deserved.
Gas Land received local approval to build a new 3,300-square-foot facility that would accommodate a convenience store and deli, and six pump islands to provide 12 fueling positions located at Routes 376 and 82 in East Fishkill.
In order to transition from the old c-store into the new one without being shut down for more than a few hours, Gas Land moved one register at a time and switched the electric panels one at a time to avoid shutting down all the pumps at once.
The end result: This store’s sales have increased 18 percent, and gasoline sales have increased significantly. The renovations have also created “vibrant” and “economically sustainable target” redevelopment opportunities, according to the company.
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*Awards were presented separately to chains and single stores.