Are you wanting to build a gas station or fuel store? Whether it is primarily for the convenience store aspect or focused mostly on the fueling business, the planning can become overwhelming without proper pre-planning, business planning, and construction management.
Gas Stations Require Specific Precautions
Gas stations require detailed and specific planning within the business and construction that must follow local laws, permits. This distinctive planning must provide the margins for future upgrades.
1. Consider Convienence Store
In addition to selling fuel, fuel store owners will also need to take into consideration the profits involved with having an extended convenience store section and drive-through window if desired. This can be determined by the demographic, psychographic, behavioral, and geographic segmentation for the plan. Planning for the growth of your fuel store down the road? Ensure that your business plans allow the margins for future upgrades and expansion in the future.
2. Small or Large Gas Station
Some business owners prefer owning a large gas station and others prefer to own a small gas station. There are many different sizes through this range. Small gas stations usually consist of gas pumps only with very few amenities. They usually don’t need to hire the same scale of management as a larger gas station. Large gas stations consist of fully equipped convenience stores, multiple gas pumps, management, and some can maintain a large roadside service station and restaurant for truck drivers.
With that being said, this is why it is wise to have your target growth planned out long-term so you can prepare your business for future growth, no matter the scale or gas station! If you are unsure where to start with the long-term planning and need help connecting it to the short-term plans, seek help from a professional construction manager to help guide you through the process. Contact the professionals at E.K. Bailey Construction today!
3. Buy The Best Land For Your fuel store
We have all heard the phrase “location location location!” before in real estate and construction. Well, this phrase is not wrong, especially in the business of gas stations. Observe the geography and demographics intensely. The location of your fuel store is critical for a successful business.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Does the location see frequent travelers or primarily locals?
- Does this location see seasonal tourists and travelers?
- Is there a popular destination in the area?
- How many projected customers are in this area daily, weekly, etc. and what do they purchase?
- Is there a large/popular fuel store already in place?
- How easily accessible in this location for customers and deliveries of products?
Carefully research the area thoroughly to help estimate the projected profits for your business, the land is able to house this type of business and ensure that the land is zoned for these activities.
4. Connect With Local City Construction And Building Authorities
It is recommended to consult with the area’s local city construction and building authorities. By doing so, you can get correct information about special laws related to c-store and gas station building for the land. Also, make sure the area you desire to build in is zoned for the construction of a gas station. This area should be able to support the business with departments such as a Fire Department.
How much does it cost to build a gas station?
Since every project is different, there is no set cost for building a fuel store. This all depends on the area, market, project size, infrastructure, budget, timeline, and other factors. Talk to an E.K. Bailey Construction Manager for help with budget planning and estimation.
Let’s Start Building Your Dream Gas Station
Through precise and meticulous planning, your dreams of building your own gas station can be a reality. It is highly recommended that you receive professional building and construction management for a commercial gas station project to ensure a safe and successful operation. Contact E.K. Bailey Construction today to start working towards your goals.