May 24, 2022

Essex Zoning Commission Approves Convenience Store at Reopened Sunoco Station

The presently abandoned Sunoco gas station on Main Street in the Centerbrook section of Essex.  (Photo by Jerome Wilson)

The presently abandoned Sunoco gas station on Main Street in the Centerbrook section of Essex. (Photo by Jerome Wilson)

ESSEX— The zoning commission Monday approved a special permit allowing Bestway 2 LLC of Norwich to open a convenience store as part of a reopened Sunoco gasoline station at 1 Saybrook Road. The property, near the Route 9 exit 3 interchange and the Valley Railroad visitor attraction, has been vacant for nearly eight years.

Zoning Enforcement Officer Joseph Budrow said the panel imposed only two conditions on the permit approval, a prohibition on gasoline delivery trucks backing out on to Saybrook Road, and a ban on signs for the station/store on Route 9. While there would be no expansion of the existing 1,800-square-foot building, the partnership plans renovations that would use more of the space for a convenience store. Existing pumps and underground storage tanks would be removed to construct a station with eight service pumps. Work on the new station/store is expected to begin later this year.