The board of Marcus Junction, the proposed convenience store and fuel station which will be situated on the corner of Highway 3 and 143, has made great strides in finalizing their plans. According to Carl Nelson, work should begin the middle of March at that time the dirt work will be done and tanks laid in to house the fuel. In addition to gas, ethanol, the business will offer E 85 and biodisel.
"We think we should offer the value added-products of our farmers to assist our economy. It's exciting. We have finalized an agreement to work with Shell and that should be done in the next 30-60 days," said Nelson.
"After going over our floor plans for the Marcus Junction, we decided to add square footage so we could expand the dining area as well as having more space for rest rooms and showers. We want our patrons to find comfort in all of our service areas."
Nelson went on to note that there will be booths in front by the windows but the board also wanted a dining area for folks to relax and be able to have semi-personal conversations by phone or in person. All together, Marcus Junction will have the capacity to seat 72 people. A full breakfast menu will be made available. Much of the food will be made right at the Marcus Junction as opposed to processed food.
Resumes may be sent to Marcus Junction; P.O. 588; Marcus, Iowa 51035. Resumes will be kept private and on file until the time comes for making selections for positions. Both full and part-time positions will be available.
The shower area will have the convenience of separated space for showers, changing clothes, shaving and so forth. The rest rooms will accommodate more than one with space for a changing table and grooming.
The board is making sure the building will have an upscale appearance with brick and siding with an asphalt roof. Their consultant will send specs to local contractors for bids. The board is hoping area builders will submit winning bids quickly as they want Marcus Junction to be complete by July 1 if not sooner.
Local investors are delighted with the plans. All of the shareholders' money has been received. Some grant applications have been submitted and the board is quite hopeful of positive results.
Monthly newsletters are being sent to investors to keep them abreast of the progress of Marcus Junction.
Nelson also noted that they are hoping to have Marcus Junction ground annexed into the town of Marcus for sewer and water to be supplied to them along with utilities. It will also be advantageous to the community.