By Bera Dunau Staff Writer
The Daily Star
---- — Although the Mirabito gas station next to the McDonald’s on Route 23 in Oneonta is gone, a new one will soon be taking its place.
Said Jason Mirabito, vice president of sales and marketing at Mirabito Energy Products: “We’re doing a complete tear-down and rebuild.”
The store was closed Aug. 4 and demolished Aug 8. so a larger, upgraded Mirabito station could be built.
Mirabito said the construction of this new store was part of the company’s “vision of strategic growth,” and that it has upgraded around 50 percent of its stores over the last three years, although not all of these upgrades had required demolitions.
The employees who worked at the old Mirabito have been relocated to other stores, but will be moved to the new store once construction is completed, he said, and the new location will also be adding employees.
“We’ll increase employees working at the store at least 50 percent,” Mirabito said.
The old building was leased by Mirabito Energy Products from Oneonta’s Bettiol family, and the new store is a joint venture between Mirabito and the Bettiols.
“It should really freshen up that corner,” he said.
Mirabito said that the new store will include a full-service Tim Horton’s and a self-serving frozen yogurt offering. He also said it will be more energy-efficient, and have a smaller carbon footprint.
Speaking about the energy efficiency element of the new store, Mirabito said: “(We’re) trying to do the right thing.”
When asked about an opening date, Mirabito said: “We’re planning to open mid- to late November.”
Mirabito also had a message for those who are anxious for the new store to arrive.
“We’re sorry that we don’t have an offering on that corner,” he said, “but we are just a half a mile up the road.”