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Latest Fastrac Cafe location opens with a donation to Jordan-Elbridge school district

December 17, 2016

The newest Fastrac Cafe gas station and convenience store located at 110-112 W. Main St. in Elbridge officially opened to the public Friday.

Tim Waddle, third from left, president and CEO of Fastrac Markets LLC, presents Jordan-Elbridge Central School District Superintendent James Froio, fourth from left, with a $5,000 check to support the district's expanded prekindergarten program during the Elbridge Fastrac Cafe's opening Friday. Flanking them are Brett Hughes, director of real estate, Randy Case, vice president of petroleum, Jim Allen, vice president of marketing, and Tim Ball, category manager.

Tim Waddle, third from left, president and CEO of Fastrac Markets LLC, presents Jordan-Elbridge Central School District Superintendent James Froio, fourth from left, with a $5,000 check to support the district’s expanded prekindergarten program during the Elbridge Fastrac Cafe’s opening Friday. Flanking them are Brett Hughes, director of real estate, Randy Case, vice president of petroleum, Jim Allen, vice president of marketing, and Tim Ball, category manager.

ELBRIDGE — Throughout 2017, anyone who purchase gas at the new Fastrac Cafe location in Elbridge will make a donation to the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District.

Through an initiative that Jim Allen, vice president of marketing, said is beginning with the company’s newest store — which opened to the public Friday after a three-month construction process — Fastrac will donate a penny from every gallon of gas sold on Wednesdays to the school district.

Before the gas station and convenience store located at 110-112 W. Main St., Elbridge, even sold its first gallon of gas, Allen and other Fastrac officials gathered to present a $5,000 to Jordan-Elbridge Superintendent James Froio through its charity, Fastrac Cares.

Allen said the check was a way for the company to pay it forward to the school district and the community before it begins giving a portion of its gas sales to the district.

“We’ll tally it all up at the end of 2017 for every gallon we sell on Wednesday, and if we end up having to write another check, that’d be great,” he said. “What a better way to come to Elbridge.”

Along with the check presentation, Fastrac hosted a reception at the store Friday morning for company officials and vendor representatives. According to a sign on the front door, the store officially to the public at 5 p.m. that evening.

“We’re extremely happy to be here in Elbridge,” Allen said. “We put a lot of time and planning into this. To get it open before the holidays is great. We’re excited to be here, and we really look forward to it.”

A corner of the Elbridge Fastrac Cafe seating area pays homage to JordanElbridge marching bands and athletic teams

A corner of the Elbridge Fastrac Cafe seating area pays homage to JordanElbridge marching bands and athletic teams

With Fastrac stores in Camillus and Auburn, the Elbridge location marks the company’s third along a stretch of Route 5 between Auburn and Syracuse. Allen said the company looks at different metrics when deciding where to place its stores.

Along with a Byrne Dairy on the west end of the town of Elbridge and the Corner Quick Stop across the street, the new Fastrac also makes the third gas station in the Elbridge community.

“We just felt like it’s a nice, small community, good traffic, and we just felt like we could fill a need,” he said. “It met our criteria, so here we are.” From village Planning Board approval in midsummer to construction that broke ground in September, Allen said the process to build the new Fastrac went smoothly.

Dennis Pelmear, the village planning board chairman, expressed support for the project when talking to the village board about its approval in July, and Mayor Hank Doerr also gave his thumbs-up following the board’s September meeting.

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