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Company says construction at new RaceTrac shouldnt affect traffic flow
Store moving toward September opening
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Construction of the new RaceTrac store in Gainesville continues Monday afternoon as sidewalks are poured. Drivers passing the site along U.S. 129 and West Ridge Road should take more care where workers have dug up close to the road.

Construction of the new RaceTrac store in Gainesville has stretched to the busy E.E. Butler Parkway/U.S. 129, but company officials don’t expect the work will interfere with traffic.

“We do not anticipate any lane closings or other actions that will impact traffic flow,” RaceTrac spokeswoman Karissa Bursch said.

The Georgia Department of Transportation “restricted our construction to nights and weekends in order to prevent any major traffic impacts,” she said.

Drivers are using more care as they travel past construction barrels at the site, where workers have dug up close to the road. And E.E. Butler gets congested particularly at evening rush hour, particularly between Chestnut Street and Interstate 985.

To be able to add a driveway off E.E. Butler, RaceTrac had to get a permit from the DOT.

Otherwise, work is moving along at the store, which is also off West Ridge Road.

The business is expected to open before the end of September, Bursch said.

It is opening directly across from a QuikTrip store that was one of that chain’s first Hall locations, further fueling competition between the two major gas retailers.

The chains have been busy in recent years adding stores in Hall County and now have four stores apiece.

Bursch has said RaceTrac “determines its locations based on a number of factors, including traffic patterns (and) current permitting. The (company) determined this location in Gainesville to be a fit for us at this time.”

The close proximity doesn’t bother QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh, who said in an earlier interview, “Competition — heck, it’s healthy.”

The RaceTrac being built off E.E. Butler and West Ridge is on 2 acres and will be nearly 6,000 square feet in size, city officials have said.

The store will feature nine gas pumps, a frozen treat station known as “Swirl World,” an expanded coffee bar and fresh food offerings, Bursch said.

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