Revamped Sunoco station opens on Ridge Ave. in East Falls

With the long-planned revamping of the Sunoco in East Falls complete, the new station opened to the public Wednesday.

The company wasn’t planning a grand re-opening per se, said Sunoco spokesman Joe McGinn. Everything at the site, from the pumps to the convenience store to the LED signs announcing gas prices, is new, the result of a ground-up rebuild of the previous Sunoco at 4156 Ridge Ave.

It took more than a year and several continued hearings, but Sunoco got the city’s go-ahead for the plans early this year. The company demolished the old building and removed the pumps, then put in a larger A-Plus market, along with 17 parking spaces and more than a dozen new signs.

The East Falls Community Council didn’t oppose the Sunoco plans, but were vocal in their desire to see illuminated panels and NASCAR signs at the site not be, as EFCC President Tom Sauerman put it, “a garish mess” at the entrance to the neighborhood.

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