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Low-priced gas chain to open new station soon

Re-bar precedes concrete pouring at the new AM/PM gas station and Minimarket under construction at South Stage Road and South Pacific Highway.

The Arco AM/PM Minimarket on South Pacific Highway will open April 15 -- weather permitting, say the franchisees.

The station will feature 16 pumps in a back-to-back arrangement that effectively doubles the number of pumps, said Fred J.R. Waugh III.

Our big goal is to serve customers so they don't have to get out of their cars, he said.

Arco's combination service stations and convenience stores are known for the lowest prices in the Northwest. The Los Angeles-based company brings oil from Alaska's North Slope and refines it in Washington state.

The Arco stations in Grants Pass have been selling regular at 93.9 cents a gallon this week, 9 cents lower than the Medford area's lowest price -- also at an Arco station in Talent.

Waugh's family formerly operated Camp Bradley, a nondenominational Christian camp in Bandon, he said. Vonis and Fred Waugh II have been in the Rogue Valley for three years. The business also involves both of their children and spouses: J.R. and Cindy Waugh and Ruben and Sherri Diaz.

The station is being built by local contractors. The general contractors are Scott Carlson and Ron Collins of Atlas Building Systems.

We want to serve the public and give them the best gas prices in town, J.R. Waugh said. We want to serve the community the same way we served them at Camp Bradley.

Photo by Andy Atkinson