Saturday was the big Grand Re-Opening day for locally owned Vaughn’s Mini Mart Shell Gas Station on K-Beach Rd. in the Diamond Center Mall. From Noon to 3:00pm hundreds of patrons filled up at the all new delivery stations that now include diesel pumps under a brand new weather canopy and enjoyed all kinds of free food, pizza and king sized pretzels while entering for the $200 Vaughn’s gift card giveaway. Kosta Alexandropoulos and Giana Pitsilionis are the owners of the renovated Vaughn’s Mini Mart, “About seven years ago Giana and her partner Danny Navarre bought the Mini Mart and Danny started remodeling floors, ceiling and rebuilding the store. Five years ago I took over and we started upgrading all the fuel dispensers elevating the driveway because of all the water that use to accumulate and put a new canopy covering that extends all the way to the building so our customers stay high and dry in any weather. We are local owners doing our best to compete with the big company owned stores and we’re pretty proud of the store now and what we’ve been able to do during the winter,” said Kosta.
Another new feature at Vaughn’s Mini Mart is the ability to redeem your Fred Meyer Fuel Rewards, “Shell and Fred Meyer teamed up so you can redeem your rewards either at Fred Meyer or any Shell station in the State of Alaska and its all done automatically right at the pump by swiping your Fred Meyer card,” explained Alexandropoulos. Kosta says they never changed the name from Vaughn’s because it had become so well known over the years like Big Johns or Short Stop, “People say hey I’ll meet you at Vaughn’s and they right where it is. Giana knew the Vaughn’s and thought a lot of him so we thought why change the name?” The Mini Mart is also proud to offer delicious snacks and comfort foods when you are on the go, “We cook most of our food fresh right here at the Mini Mart and our pizza comes from Dinos Pizza down the road at the Short Stop because that’s my place too,” said Kosta. So whether you need diesel for your rig, quality Shell fuels, fried chicken, pretzels, or a valentine candy for your valentine it’s just a quick stop at the renovated Vaughn’s Mini Mart on K-Beach Rd. For more information call any one of the Mini Mart Girls at 262-6893.