Mr. Gas

Fuel tanks are installed in early September at the future site of a Mr. Gas in Jerome County.

COURTESY OF NICK LYNCH

JEROME — A new truck stop off of Interstate 84 could draw more travelers to Jerome’s downtown.

Mr. Gas/Lynch Oil has announced its plans to build a convenience store to 1223 Main St. W. (Highway 25), off of Exit 165. The 15-acre property will be developed for a 9,000 square-foot store and restaurant, 16 gas and diesel pumps and parking.

The approximately $6 million project also brings needed infrastructure to accommodate three other future developments.

“We are proud to assist the city of Jerome by extending their water and sewer service all the way to the I-84 Exit 165, in hopes of developing the west end of Jerome with future businesses and industry,” Mr. Gas President Nick Lynch said in a statement.

Development will require about 2,000 feet of pipe, he said.

Jerome Mayor David Davis said the store is a great “gateway” project to bring travelers to a part of town they may not have visited otherwise.

“It’s a long-term vision of the city and part of their strategic plan to improve Main Street all the way out,” Jerome 20/20 Executive Director Larry Hall said.

The Mr. Gas will have large restrooms inside the store and 165 parking spaces for semis.

“We want to be known as a great place for families to stop and rest along their journey through the lovely state of Idaho,” Lynch said. “We also want to be a great stop for the local community to grab their daily essentials on the go.”

The quick-service restaurant, Hall said, will be critical to attracting people to the site.

“They’re hoping obviously for something that’s different,” he said.

Lynch is actively recruiting for the restaurant. His family-owned, fourth-generation company has been in Burley since 1923. It has opened seven Mr. Gas stations in south-central Idaho.

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Lynch Oil has owned the Jerome County property for seven years. The Lynch Oil storage tanks already on site are a supply source for the company’s fuel trucks.

“It was always our intention to build a travel center there,” Lynch said.

The planning for the development took about two years of coordination between multiple entities.

“This project has been a great joint effort between the County and City of Jerome,” Jerome County Commissioner Charlie Howell said.

Fuel tanks were installed on site last week. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for late September, with an opening scheduled for early 2018.

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