LILY LAKE – A long-shuttered gas station has reopened, offering fuel and food for the first time in years to those driving between St. Charles and Sycamore.
Tuesday, the Marathon station at Routes 64 and 47 in Lily Lake began offering motor fuels for sale. An associated convenience store on the property had reopened earlier this month.
The station and convenience store is under the management of SFQ Properties Inc. of Maple Park. The group also owns and operates the Mobil station in downtown Elburn, said Syed Quadri, a representative of SFQ Properties.
Quadri said SFQ signed a lease for the property from owner Bell Fuels of Stickney in May.
SFQ has used the months since then to improve the station, installing fuel pumps and performing other renovations.
“We re-did the whole place,” Quadri said. “We knew people might be a little touchy about using old pumps, so we took the time to replace all of the pumps.”
The gas station and convenience store will be open daily from 5 a.m. to midnight, he said, offering convenience to commuters and those living in the surrounding area.
“It was a shame that this property was closed for four years like this,” Quadri said. “It’s a good corner, and we felt like it was important to serve people here in the neighborhood.
“We didn’t think people who live here should have to drive miles for a gallon of milk.”
The gas station and convenience store had been operated for years by former Algonquin-based station operator Sumaer Petroleum.
Sumaer was evicted in 2008, and the station had remained closed since.
Bell Fuels and its primary lessee, San Antonio-based petroleum company Valero Energy, had worked in the years since to maintain the property and locate another tenant to operate the station.
Representatives of Bell Fuels did not return repeated calls seeking comment.
The Lily Lake station resumes its status as the only gas station on Route 64 between St. Charles and Sycamore.
The station soon will have company, however, as Hinckley-based Carls Oil works to build another Marathon-branded gas station and convenience store on Route 64, just west of LaFox Road in Campton Hills.
That gas station and store could open early next year.