Lucky 7 Travel Plaza officially opens its doors
LOCK HAVEN — The Lucky 7 Travel Plaza is open for business.
The gas station and convenience store opened its doors last week, according to manager Sunjeet Singh.
“(Last) Wednesday at noon was our first day. We just had a soft opening,” said Singh, son of owner Sharanjit “Sonny” Singh. “We let word of mouth spread us around. We wanted to make sure there were no kinks in the system, stuff like that.”
The spacious travel plaza is situated on more than 10,000 square feet. It features plenty of cooler space for soda, milk, sports drinks, bottled water and eventually, beer. There are also freezers for frozen snacks and ice cream treats.
According to Singh, there were a few bugs during the soft opening, but those have been worked out.
“It’s good so far. We had a couple of things we had to work out, but we got them all cleared up now,” Singh said.
Lucky 7 is located just off the Walnut Street exit of Paul Mack Boulevard. According to Singh, his family is thrilled with the location.
“There’s not too much on this side of town. We’re hoping with us being here, it will bring some development,” Singh said.
When shoppers walk into Lucky 7, they’ll notice a lot of open space. There’s plenty of room for social distancing — and expansion.
“We wanted to have a big open space,” Singh explained, “that way we have room to grow. With a convenience store, it’s always changing. You have to grow with the market or get left behind.”
Singh said that even though it’s only been a few days, the feedback has been strong.
“We’re getting lots of positive feedback. (Customers) are excited to see us. They’re impressed with the size,” he said.
On Monday, some of the shelves were still empty. Singh said that it’s only a matter of time until they are completely stocked.
“We’re still waiting on a few things to get shipped to us. That’s exciting for customers, too. We’ll have new things come in and they can get excited with us,” Singh said.
According to Singh, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the completion of Lucky 7.
“Freighting has been a nightmare with all of the COVID stuff. Constant delays, things like that,” he said. “We could have waited until we had everything here, but we were anxious to open and I think a lot of people in town were anxious for us to open.”
There are plenty of gas pumps which feature regular gasoline as well as diesel. There’s also an area for trucks to park so drivers can rest. Inside Lucky 7, there are restrooms and even shower areas.
The plaza will eventually include a Wayback Burgers franchise and a slot machine/casino area. According to Singh, the restaurant will open soon.
“We’re hoping for the first week of August. They’re finishing up construction in there right now. The (state) just rolled back the restaurants to 25 percent (capacity). Hopefully, by the time we’re ready to open, they’re not closing everything down or anything like that,” he said.
Depending on what convenience store item you’re looking for, chances are you can find it at Lucky 7.
“We’re going to have a little bit of everything,” Singh said “As we grow, I’m sure we’ll be adding more things. We’ve got the essentials right now.”