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Lee Road Gas Station Fills Up Again

The Pajaro Valley Chevron reopened Monday afternoon following a six-month, $3.5 million overhaul

Customers streaming into the at Lee and Beach roads Tuesday afternoon turned to gas station owner Khosrow Haghshenas to ask, "You're open, right?"

Haghshenas nodded and smiled. His gas station reopened at 4 p.m. Monday, following that still isn't quite done. Propane comes later this week and the county Planning Department permits to add Wienerschnitzel and Subway restaurants are in the works.

But Haghshenas is glad to be back to serving the road-weary Highway 1 travelers, Sunset State Beach vacationers and field workers who stop into his shop.

"I'm just happy to be open and back to business," said Haghshenas, who has operated the Chevron station since 1993.

The $3.5 million overhaul that leveled the old gas station to build a new, energy-efficient facility broke ground in January after eight years in the planning stage. Haghshenas added a liquor license to his business, built a car wash and created space for the two restaurants, as well as ample seating indoors and out. 

There are plans to sell fruit out front. The entire property is landscaped to create more of a rest area feel for motorists stopping in.

The new building, with a partial brick facade and subtle sand tones is his favorite, Haghshenas said.

"I keep looking at the colors—I love it," he said.

Haghshenas had hoped to reopen at the end of May but delays with the contractor extended the project. His soft opening Monday included gas, diesel, the car wash and the mini market.

New features include a "smart" coffee bar that tells staff to rebrew coffee when the pot has been sitting for more than two hours, a huge walk-in cooler and freezer area, and sparkling clean bathrooms.

Outside, some areas away from the gas pumps are paved with a porous concrete to help rain drain through. LED lighting throughout the gas station will save money on electric costs, and a generator can run the entire operation should the power go out.

"We're just going to be in business all the time," Haghshenas said.

The Pajaro Valley Chevron is open 5 a.m. to midnight daily.

Jennifer Squires August 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I asked Kos about the competition with the Redman House farmstand. He plans to sell conventional fruits and veggies sourced from a variety of locations whereas the farmstand next door sells organic produce from one farm.
Watzon McWats August 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Thank you for improving our town. I was hoping for a local eaterie, but Wienerschnitzel and Subway are definitely better than the over abundance of garbage hamburger fast food joints in this town.
David H. Perez August 02, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I agree that Subway offers some healthy alternatives, but as far as I am concerned, Wienerschnitzel offers the same kind of garbage food as hamburger fast food joints.
Cathy P. August 02, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Actually, this is outside of city limits (read on Patch Facebook) so this really doesn't help Watsonville, right? Except for attracting traffic off Hwy One - - - and even if some of that traffic wandered into downtown, what's there for them? As a RV road warrior, it is a nice, clean place to stop and get back on the road easily.
Jennifer Squires August 02, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Right, not in city limits. But not too far away, either. At least it gets people off the highway near Watsonville. Maybe they'll cross over the highway and visit Annieglass, or go stay at the Red Roof Inn nearby. It also spruces up the image coming into town.

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