Gas station to be installed in Giant Food parking lot in Westminster

Construction of a gas station in Cranberry Square Shopping Center in Westminster will begin this spring.

Giant Food's 29,990-square-foot gas station will include four pumps with a total of eight fuel dispensers, said Jamie Miller, a spokesman for Landover-based Giant Food. The gas station will be located at the edge of the lot by the Jiffy Lube, Miller said.

Giant has opened 13 gas stations at its 173 stores in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington over the past couple years, Miller said. The Westminster location will be the 14th, he said.

"We saw an opportunity and thought there would be a demand for the service there," Miller said. "It's a convenience and a value option for our customers."

In addition to the four pumps, the gas station will also include a 600-square-foot kiosk with an attendant on site, according to Steve Horn, Westminster's interim director of planning, zoning and development. The Westminster Common Council approved a public works agreement with Giant last month, which allowed the company to move forward with the construction, Horn said.

"The city is happy to assist Giant in making this new convenience available to their customers," Horn said.

Customers will also be able to redeem gas rewards at the new gas station, Miller said. Customers save 10 cents per gallon for every 100 points they earn, he said. A point is earned for every dollar spent with a Giant card, he said. Points are valid for 30 days. The gas rewards are currently offered between Giant and Shell.

Across from Giant's parking lot is a Jiffy Lube, Wendy's and a Wells Fargo bank that has a drive-through ATM and teller window. Some Carroll County residents said the gas station could be beneficial, but it could also increase traffic and reduce parking.

Westminster resident Irvin Bohr shops at Giant once per week, and he said the parking lot could become busier when the gas station's constructed.

"It's more convenient, but it's going to take a lot of parking spots away," said Bohr, after exiting Giant Tuesday afternoon.

Bohr said he's going to continue getting gas from Shell.

Lilanne Pupa, of Westminster, said some motorists barely slow down for pedestrians at the stop signs in the lot, and the gas station could increase traffic and cause similar issues.

"I rather have the parking than the gas station," said Pupa while loading bags of groceries in her vehicle in Giant's parking lot Tuesday.

While some have concerns, a traffic study was conducted prior to development of the project, Miller said. The study was part of the approval process, he said.

"We don't envision any traffic issues," Miller said. "We really feel that the community is going to be really pleased with the new Giant gas station."