Old 76 station to get facelift, reopen as Texaco
By Craig Lazzeretti
Assistant managing editor
Friday, Dec. 23 (2:55 p.m.): The new owner of the old 76 gas station at the corner of Olympic and Tice Valley boulevards has big plans for the business that go well beyond fueling up cars.
“I promise you now that it’s going to be the nicest station around,” Ali Shahidi said. “I don’t take shortcuts on anything.”
The station at 1601 Tice Valley Blvd., which formerly operated as Gav’s Auto Care and Detail, is undergoing a facelift, getting new paint, signage and pumps. Shahidi plans to reopen it to the public by early February under the Texaco brand.
But he said that will be only the start. His long-range plans are to take out the service bays that were used for auto care services and replace them with a storefront that will feature freshly roasted craft coffee drinks under the Tellus brand as well as an assortment of food offerings, including empanadas, breakfast sandwiches and fresh pastries.
Shahidi hopes to have these amenities in place within the next year, but the timeline depends on how quickly the county-permitting process proceeds.
Shahidi, who said he previously owned gas stations in Concord, Lafayette and Pleasant Hill, has separately been working on opening a craft coffee shop, Tellus, downtown that will also feature beer and wine, along with assorted foods. It’s located at 1401 N. Main St. in the brick building that was the site of Schroder Insurance for 85 years.
The service station will continue to offer a car wash, which Shahidi said is being upgraded with a touchless, high-pressure, self-serve system.
“I’m spending quite a bit of money on improvements,” Shahidi said of the station renovation.
Shahidi said he previously operated Chevron-branded stations, but because there is already a nearby Chevron station at the Rossmoor shopping center, this one will be branded Texaco (which is also owned by Chevron U.S.A). He said the gasoline will be the same formula found at Chevron stations (including Chevron’s staple cleaning additive Techron).
The station got its start under the Texaco brand decades ago, Shahidi said.
“It’s kind of cool that it’s going back to what it started as,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting it open and giving people in the area a decent place to go and get good customer service.”
Meanwhile, across the street from the station, the former American DryCleaning business in the small retail center at 2400 Olympic Boulevard has closed, and a new tenant is being sought for the 1,400-square-foot suite.
Ron Willet, an associate with Tri Commercial real estate, said in an email that “our focus has been toward industry categories that would cater to the Rossmoor community (i.e. medical retail, in-home care agencies, service commercial spas, women’s personal services, and other retail uses).
“However, we are open to pretty much any business type permitted under the zoning that would not pose a conflict with the rest of the existing tenants in the center and possess creditworthiness.”