Staff members such as Dana De Leon

Staff members such as Dana De Leon

Opening of Langley 7-Eleven marked by gift for homeless

A new convenience store and gas bar has opened at the corner of 56th Avenue and 200th Street in Langley City.

An old Husky gas station and car wash came down several years ago, and the corner site at 200th Street and 56th Avenue sat empty until late last year.

That’s when work began in earnest on a replacement gas bar and convenience store that is hosting its official grand opening this weekend.

The 7-Eleven store quietly opened earlier this week, and the pumps in the Esso gas bar became operational today, with dignitaries and cheque presentations as part of the official opening ceremony at noon on Saturday, March 4.

The event at the Langley City gas bar will feature a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a donation presented to a representative from Langley’s homeless shelter – the Salvation Army’s Gateway of home – and the inclusion of Langley Township Councillor Blair Whitmarsh.

“Homelessness continues to be an issue for the Greater Vancouver area and 7-Eleven feels it is important that local business do their part to help address homelessness in our communities,” the company stated in a media advisory.

This is the seventh store in Langley, the nearest just down the street three blocks, at the corner of 203rd Street and Douglas Crescent.

“This is the latest opening in the expansion of 7-Eleven in the Langley area, a city where they feel deserves continued investment, that has seen 7-Eleven’s footprint grow from two stores to seven in just eight months,” the company noted.

Each of the new local stores feature the 7-Eleven’s new concept. That includes WiFi, seating, and  expanded assortment.