New Sunoco on Sunset in Steubenville to open this summer

STEUBENVILLE – The newest Convenient Food Mart in Steubenville is on one of the oldest plots of commercial land in the city – and even more improvements are on the way.

The store at 4332 Sunset Blvd. soon will be the home to a Sunoco gas station, which is scheduled to open this summer. The station will have three pumps and six fueling stations. The completed remodeled store already offers a full-service deli, catering services, an in-house bakery, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more, officials said.

Store managers also are honoring the store’s long history by dedicating a plaque to Jim Hilderbrand. Though Hilderbrand was not affiliated with Convenient Food Mart, he was the proprietor of Hilderbrand Marathon Service Station. Convenient Food Mart had made a deal to acquire the corner, and Hilderbrand died before the deal was closed. As a tribute to his legacy, the store’s current owner/operator Lucy Spence and Convenient Food Mart plan to include a plaque that will be mounted on the canopy of the gas station in his memory.

Management with Convenient Food Mart has said it considers the store to be a gateway to the city. As part of the store’s new development, Spence said she wanted to bring a new concept to the Steubenville area. The lifelong Steubenville resident said she poured many hours into the remodeling and design of the store, which opened its doors in May 2015.

Spence spent many years in a retail career and said she just wanted to do “something different” for the Convenient Food Mart franchise. The store at the corner of Lovers Lane and Sunset Boulevard had gone through many changes and had been closed for nearly 16 months. But when an opportunity arose to acquire the property, Spence jumped at the chance to redesign the store.

The store has a more modern interior than other convenience stores. It also includes what might be the largest walk-in cooler in Steubenville to accommodate the expanding beverage market. Spence added she plans to continually expand the variety of foods and beverages.

Spence started her retail career with Horne’s department store in Wheeling, where she was a buyer for six years. From there, she went to Kaufmann’s department store, where she worked as a division merchandise manager for four years. She then moved on to the downtown Pittsburgh store and was promoted to store manager of the Kaufmann’s in Steubenville. Later, she helped open the Robinson Town Centre Kaufmann’s as store manager. After one year, she was promoted to division vice president and general manager of the South Hills Village Kaufmann’s store and then moved on to Kohl’s department store at the Highlands.

The Convenient Food Mart is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. In addition to its specialty items, the store has lottery, an ATM, grocery items and snack items.