Germantown Hills Shows Support For Ricky's Gas and Mart

Published 07/28 2014 06:25PM

Updated 07/28 2014 06:29PM

GERMANTOWN HILLS - Germantown Hills residents are showing their support for the popular local business, Ricky’s Gas and Mart.

It’s been in the community for six years, but Casey’s General Store wants to set up shop nearby.

That has many concerned.

Alfred Hinduja moved his family from Chicago to Germantown Hills in 2008 and bought a vacated building on Jubilee Lane.

“I had to open unbranded. That means I buy off the market. And I called it Ricky's and I opened it,” said Hinduja.

After a tough first year, he built Ricky’s Gas and Mart into a local business people have come to rely on.

“It's the hometown feel when you come in. You got respectable people. Always a smile on their face of course,” said Germantown Hills resident David Smith.

That is one reason why so many in town are upset a Casey’s General Store may be moving in next door where a bank used to be. They decided to show their Ricky’s support with a petition.

“We have a stack of ninety sheets at the station,” said Hinduja. There were more at other stores and bars.

More than 1,600 people have already signed the petition to keep Casey’s away since the chain businesses presented its site plan to the Germantown Hills Village Board a few weeks ago.

Loyal customer Larry Smith told us why he signed the petition.

“I just see that it's not going to be a local store. It's not going to be a local community,” said Smith.

Hinduja appreciates the support and admits that competing with a Casey’s will be difficult.

“If they chose they can sell much lower than me for two or three years then I'm done. Where will I go then?”

Despite the backlash, a Village Administrator tells us the community must be fair to Casey’s and allow them to build if they meet the same zoning regulations as Ricky’s and any other business.

She says local businesses support the addition of Casey’s and hope it will bring in more people into the community.

There is also hope that a new Casey’s will help bring attention to the need for a new grocery store.

The old Jubilees has been vacant for three years.

The Village Zoning Board will make a decision on Casey’s site plan tomorrow night.

Hinduja is concerned that Casey’s will bring added traffic to a dangerous intersection behind his business, but the Villlage says that won’t be an issue.

The Zoning Board make sure the site will allow for proper traffic flow. There will be three variances in total brought up at the meeting.

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