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02 21 2023

Year-old Shell reports "phenomenal" start


A Roanoke Valley businessman says his family’s $2 million investment to open a convenience store with fuel pumps in northwest Roanoke is generating “phenomenal” results.

Saef Khawaja spearheads a family business that operates Chester’s Shell Station at 1919 10th St. When his company sought zoning approval to add laundry facilities, the business popped up on my radar as one spawned by the 10th Street Northwest road improvement project.

State highway officials completed a $30 million modernization of about two miles of 10th street with street, bicycle and pedestrian improvements in 2019, but took out a convenience store on the road. Khawaja said the family opened the Shell station in April 2022 in response and out of an interest in serving the Melrose-Rugby community.

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