BELLVILLE — The expanded Duchess service station outside the village was filled with people sampling goods and viewing offerings at a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.
People could sign up for free gasoline or for a filled gift basket, or just amble and sample pizza and an item called a “pizza stuffer,” which was a warm bread filled with pepperoni slices.
Bill and Ben Englefield, brothers and co-presidents of Englefield Oil Co., were there to greet and do the official ribbon cutting. Bellville mayor Teri Brenkus and former mayor Darrell Banks were on hand to lend their help on the occasion. Various Duchess employees also participated in the ribbon cutting.
The expanded station has a large inside area where people can get prepared deli foods, which include salads, sandwiches, fruits and pastries. There is an area where people can sit. To one side is a large walk-in beer cooler. Wines and alcoholic beverages are displayed in another area of the store.
Wednesday’s grand opening was from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. A number of people from outside the area came inside the store area for the event, employees said.
The Englefield Oil Co. is located in Heath.
Participating in the opening were Daniel Bates, a division manager for Duchess; Jodie Perry, and Bretney Stotelmyer, marketing coordinator.