LONE GROVE —Two final plats were approved by the Planning and Zoning Board during a special meeting Thursday night.
The first was by Akal Investments, which is planning to build a convenience store at 15045 U.S. Highway 70.
“We’ve already got everything done, we’re just waiting on a Department of Environmental Quality permit for drainage. Other than that, it’s ready to go,” said Lee Martin, who assisted the owner with building plans.
Owner Paul Singh was at the meeting Thursday night, as well as brother-in-law Laddie Singh. The two said they are hoping the construction for the new convenience store, Longhorn Express, will be completed by April.
Paul said there are only a few franchises, such as Subway and Sonic in the area, as Laddie added, they are trying to grow the community. There is also heavy truck traffic that goes through the area on a daily basis.
“There’s nothing like this on this side of town,” Paul said. “They don’t have a truck stop on this side of town.”
Paul also added they’ve gotten a lot from the community and now, “it’s time to pay back.”
The Singh’s own six other convenience stores in the south central Oklahoma region. There are two in Ardmore, including Kang’s Food Mart on Commerce Street, and one in Wilson, Tishomingo, Madill and Pauls Valley.
The other final plat approved Thursday night was for the business development along Highway 70, just east of UPS, by Roy Neill. The development is inspired by a strip mall located in Pauls Valley and it is Neill’s hope several restaurants will find a home there.