By Vanesa Brashier, firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s official. The property on the northeast corner of SH 105 and SH 146 in Moss Hill, formerly the location of Fitzpak, is now owned by Fuel Maxx, according to Phil Fitzgerald, who owned the property until Saturday, March 2.
“Fuel Maxx is officially the owner. I had 30 days to clear the building. I took the building down and they are coming in to demo the rest,” Fitzgerald said.
Construction of the new store will take roughly a year.
“They sent me their engineer design for the property. The new store will have two gas bays – one on 146 and one on 105,” Fitzgerald said. “It will be 10,000 square feet of retail space.”
The new store, according to Fitzgerald, will be comparable to the new Fuel Maxx location in Tarkington, only slighter larger.
For Fitzgerald, the sale of the property is bittersweet. He has devoted 50 years of his life to running a country market for the residents of Moss Hill – 18 years at the Fitzpak location. He previously operated a store on the southeast corner of the intersection in the building now used by Simply Country cafe.
“This will be good for the community,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in the last 50 years. We were here when 105 was FM 162. There wasn’t a lot going on through here.”
Fitzgerald and his wife, Amy, owned a total of 15 acres on the corner prior to the sale. He says they kept a small section of the land, part of which they plan to donate to Moss Hill United Pentecostal Church.
“Amy and I are going to deed it over to the church. They needed it and I want to be sure they are protected,” he said.