Buildings demolished to make way for GetGo in Niles

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple Woodford Excavating of Leavittsburg was performing site preparation this week at the corner of state Route 46 and Youngstown Warren Road to make way for a GetGo gas station and convenience store. The property formerly housed Golf Headquarters and Raphael’s Beauty School. The cosmetology school has relocated.

NILES — One of the busiest intersections in Niles will soon house a GetGo convenience store and gas station.

The former Golf Headquarters and Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture at the intersection of U.S. Route 422 and state Route 46 are being demolished to make way for the 5,280 square foot GetGo. All plans have been submitted and approved for GetGo and a building permit is ready for contractors to pick up, according to building inspector Anthony J. Vigorito.

Crews are in the process of clearing and demolishing the former buildings and they will soon move on to site grading, Vigorito said.

“They’re a pretty fast company, and I expect them to move quick with the site preparation,” Vigorito said.

The site, which has a value of $465,400, was transferred Dec. 28 from DJT I LLC to Thirteen Hundred LLC, according to Trumbull County auditor’s records. DJT I LLC is incorporated to Joseph and Debbie Thomas, and Thirteen Hundred LLC is incorporated to Joseph Thomas, according to Ohio Secretary of State records. Joseph and Debbie Thomas bought the half-acre property in 1995 for $225,000, auditor’s records state.

One of the biggest perks of having a GetGo at the intersection will be no longer having to drive out of the city to cash in on fuel perks earned while shopping at Giant Eagle, Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia said. The nearest GetGo gas stations are in Howland and Liberty, Scarnecchia said.

“It’s unfortunate they had to take down some nice buildings to make way for it when we have some not so nice buildings that need to come down,” Scarnecchia said. “But that’s a prime spot, and I’m happy they are coming to Niles.”

Representatives from Giant Eagle did not return calls seeking additional information about construction timelines or the number of people who will be employed at the future location. Giant Eagle and GetGo, which operate in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia, purchase gas from major refineries and domestic suppliers in Pennsylvania, according to a company website.

Giant Eagle operates 190 GetGo locations, the site states.