Space Age station opens to fuel Sandy economy, community
After more than a year of waiting, Sandy has met the Space Age — the new gas station at the intersection of Orient Drive and Highway 26.
The newest Sandy-styled addition to the town's fueling options opened on July 15, and members of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Mayor Stan Pulliam, helped celebrate the new business with a ribbon cutting on Friday, Aug. 13.
"I think it was supportive of the chamber (to host the ribbon cutting) and having the mayor come out was great," said Jim Pliska, owner of 21 Space Age stations in Washington and Oregon.
A native of Gresham, Pliska explained that the site on the west end of Sandy is "a good location for his business model," and that opening in Sandy was "a chance to build a location in our backyard."
"So far business has been good, and customers have been supportive," Pliska explained, adding that what makes Space Age different from other fueling stations is "we offer a good product at a competitive price."
Pliska has been working in the gas station industry since 1982.
"My dad had a couple stations when I was growing up," he said. That's where he learned the business and decided to take it over when he was older.
Though the process of getting the Sandy station built took longer than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pliska said "We're looking forward to growing the business and serving the community."
"Everything went fairly well (during construction) and it was good working with the city, county and ODOT," Pliska explained. "We'll support local events and different charitable (efforts). We also provide services needed in the area — an additional business supporting the community. We want to help the community, too."
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