Indianapolis, IN – Ricker Oil Company no longer plans to build a high-end gas station and convenience store at 146th Street and Gray Road in Carmel. See what Indiana news outlets are saying about the change in plans: Indy Star, WISH-TV 8.
The proposed store on the 12-acre site located at the southeast corner of the intersection included a seven and one half acre natural preservation area to serve as a buffer between the store and neighboring housing developments.
The proposal met with mixed opinions from the Carmel community, and some residents of the nearby Woodfield subdivision were strongly opposed to the development, with concerns about the impact the store may have on their homes and community.
“Though we have made every effort to accommodate requests by creating a site plan that leaves a substantial amount of wooded area to serve as a buffer between our site and neighboring housing developments, we have listened to the people in the nearby neighborhood and the community of Carmel at large and have elected not to pursue building at this location,” said Founder and Chairman Jay Ricker.
Though Ricker’s has pulled their plans at the 146th Street and Gray Road intersection, the company is still pursuing other options to provide a store in the area.
“We appreciate the professional manner of the various City of Carmel officials, committees, employees and residents with whom we worked with during this process, and we look forward to operating more stores in the Carmel community,” said Ricker.
Ricker’s remains a part of the Carmel and Westfield community with its store at 151st Street and U.S. 31. This store was the top performer in the 2012 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, collecting the most funds among all 50 Ricker’s statewide locations. The 151st Street Ricker’s store also raises money throughout the year for local charities in Carmel and Westfield.
“We look forward to continuing to serve our customers in the Carmel and Westfield community while providing the very best fuels at the lowest possible price,” said Ricker.
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Ricker Oil Company, Inc. was founded in 1979 by Jay and Nancy Ricker in Middletown, Indiana. Ten years later, they purchased the company’s first convenience store. Since its inception, Ricker’s has grown to include 50 high-end convenience stores, which employ more than 600 Hoosiers. Headquartered in Anderson, Indiana, Ricker’s prides itself on clean stores, a friendly environment and staff, and its famous “Ricker Pop” fountain drinks.