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    Ore. Tribe Launches Fuel Business

    Gas station to complement Smith River Rancheria Lucky 7 Casino.

    SMITH RIVER, Ore. -- The Smith River Rancheria Tribal Council broke ground yesterday on a gas station just north of the Lucky 7 Casino, in Smith River, Ore. Tribal Administrator Roy LaFromboise said he expects Lucky 7 Fuel Mart to be open in four months.

    LaFromboise said Pacific Northern Environmental Corp. of Portland will be the contractor, and Zbidnen-Carter Engineering of Klamath Falls will provide architect and engineering services for the new gas and fuel station.

    "It has been designed to complement the Lucky 7 Casino in appearance and customer service, as well as add diversity to the tribal economic base," LaFromboise said. "The Smith River Rancheria is committed to creating sustainable growth and establishing permanent jobs for area residents."

    LaFromboise added that Lucky 7 Fuel Mart is expected to provide work for eight to 10 full-time employees, and be open from 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

    "The fueling station will feature eight state-of-the-art gasoline and diesel pumps that allow the customer to make fuel purchases with debit or credit cards at the pump," he said.

    The fuel mart will also feature full-service liquor sales, tobacco products and "a wide array" of convenience foods.

    "Other amenities include a beverage bar, hot prepared foods and an automated teller machine," LaFromboise said.

    Also planned in the second phase of the fuel mart is an environmentally-friendly automatic car wash, he said.

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