CLEAR FORK VALLEY — An expanded Duchess service station, complete with help for travelers getting gas and food, has opened on State Route 97 near I-71.
The facility also has what one local resident calls a “candy store” because it is set up to make available all kinds of bulk sweet goodies and other snacks.
There is an area where people can go get a cup and fill it up with goods for $1.89. Bellville council member Clint Knight says he calls that area the “candy store” because it is hard for people to resist.
Toni Blair is manager of the expanded Duchess facility. Inside people can find snacks, luncheon food, beer and wine, and of course, the “candy store.”
The service station is open 24 hours. It officially opened May 2. The ribbon cutting for the Duchess station is May 24 at noon. Bellville mayor Teri Brenkus will be participating in the ribbon cutting.
The facility has 14 employees, said Blair. She came to this job at Duchess after working in Ashland at a Duchess. She has previously worked as auditor, floral managing and person in charge at various businesses.
At the new Duchess she does ordering and scheduling of employees and helps with the food. One worker who had been at the Duchess before it was closed down and rebuilt is Laura Davis. She continues at the refurbished Duchess.