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A New Gas Station and a Feed and Tack Shop for Bethany

Bethany Planning And Zoning Commission, Feb. 1, 2012

On Wednesday evening had a very small agenda that packed a very big punch with some dramatic changes for the town. The commission approved permits for at Rt. 63 and Sergeant Drive as well as approved a change of use for the old Seymour Lumber site, paving the way for a new feed and tack shop.

KMPT, LLC. was granted a business change of usage to allow for a wholesale/retail feed and agricultural supply store including power equipment, animal supplies and tack. The owners, Theron Simons of Naugatuck and Peter Latronica of Woodbridge, said they are planning a family-run establishment that will involve both of their wives. The name of the store will be Lock, Stock and Barrel and they are planning a full-service agricultural and farm supply store servicing everyone from the residential homeowner to the large horse/animal farms. They will also offer power equipment such as lawnmowers, chain saws and snow blowers.

They expect to open as soon as April, have listed their hours on the application as Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and they plan to have six employees.

The second item on the agenda was the gas station at 6 Sergeant Drive. After a discussion about the aesthetics of the plans and making several modifications to the permit, the commission approved all three exemptions for the proposed gas station/convenience store. John Paul Garcia, the engineer for landowner Mukesh Patel, said he wasn’t sure when construction would begin, but he believed it might be completed as soon as October of this year.

In other news, the commission announced they have completed their budget proposal, which is combined with Inland Wetlands. They are asking for a total of $28,400, up exactly $1,000 from last year. The commission noted that one of the largest parts of the budget is the $8,000 spent on legal notifications.

Jack Nork February 02, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I think you meant Rt 63 not 69. :)
Eric February 02, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I think it's a great idea to have a gas station (especially diesel) nearby. I just hope that the prices won't be rediculously high otherwise it won't be long before they shut down. The tack shop will be great for all of the horse owners in town, and having a lawn & garden power equipment store is a plus for me! I just hope that they don't get too commercialized and try to keep the theme to rural aesthetics.
Bethany February 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
We have a gas station. Desiel would be nice though.
Kathleen Schurman February 02, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Thanks Jack! Must have been the excitement of it all. Yesterday we had to coast into Naugatuck . . . again . . . with enough gas to go exactly 2 miles and grateful that it's all downhill. And yes, I do hope the prices at the gas station are competitive, although the once I coast into in Naugatuck tends to run to the expensive side. However, it's the closest one we have (that's downhill . . .)
Debbie February 02, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Love the name: Lock Stock and Barrell - that's great! Could care less about Gas with Stop and Shop points

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