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Truck stop advances
by Tim Delaney
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Work continues on the Refugio Travel Center at U.S. Highway 183 and Vance Street in Refugio on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The full-service truck stop will have a food court with several vendors.
Tim Delaney photo Work continues on the Refugio Travel Center at U.S. Highway 183 and Vance Street in Refugio on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The full-service truck stop will have a food court with several vendors.
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REFUGIO – What will be the Refugio Travel Center is being built at a good pace now.

Last week, Fred Ghavidel, 45, who owns the project, said framing for the 10,000-square-foot building is going up. The center will sit on 14 acres of land at what residents know as the Refugio “Y.”

The center will have access from Vance Street on the south end and U.S. Highway 183 on the west side.

Ghavidel, who is from San Antonio, said internal work is going on, including electrical, lounge area, showers, air conditioning, plumbing and more.

“We’re doing a food court design where several different food vendors will operate. I’m talking to several different folks now,” he said.

Planned cuisine will be country style and American food.

“It will be a full-service truck stop with 120 truck parking slots,” Ghavidel said.

Ghavidel is working with his father, who owns the Shell Station across the highway from the future truck stop.

“We’ll have big clean rest rooms. And we will have stucco exterior for the store,” he said.

“It will be really attractive,” he added.

In addition, the center will have a trucker minor repairs shop on site

“If they need something, we’ll be able to accommodate them,” Ghavidel said.

Ghavidel said he expects to have a grand opening in December.

Ghavidel applied for a construction contract last year in June under the business name of Refugio Truck Stop by Triple G.

His estimated investment of $2.5 million in the project earned him a five-year tax abatement by the Refugio City Council on June 25, 2013.

The abatement begins with an 80 percent off benefit, followed each year by 60 percent, 40 percent and 20 percent reductions.
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