The Big Eddy Market, a long-time fixture of life in that part of Revelstoke, is undergoing a major face-lift that not only renovates it, but modernizes important aspects of its operation, especially its vehicle fuel sales.
“I needed to change the pumps and what started out as a little project is now a big project,” says its owner Vince Sessa.
As anyone who has purchased fuel in the Big Eddy knows, the market never made the switch to expensive, automated in-pump payment systems that you now see everywhere you go. Until last week, when Vince shut down the pumps and had the fuel tanks dug up and hauled away, people would — just as they had for decades — drive up to the pumps, fill their tanks and then go inside and pay Vince or Patty.
All that is gone now. Although there was virtually no leakage from the underground tanks, they have now been replaced by big, new aboveground tanks installed by Middleton Fuel Systems of Kamloops. And that’s not all. The market itself has a new storey, built by Peter Bernacki’s Nu-trend Construction Ltd.
“There are living quarters above the store and we’ll be making some upgrades in the store, too,” Vince said.
This is the second new look to the Big Eddy Market in almost 30 years.
Sessa said that when he bought it in 1982 it was “pretty rough.”
“We tore it down in 1985 and rebuilt it,” he said.
Until now the store-cum-cafe-and-gas-station has had a kind of alpinesque beam-and-stucco look. Its new exterior appearance is much more contemporary with dark, slate-coloured siding, white trim and the flat roof characteristic of Bernacki’s work.
Vince says he’ll be upgrading the interior of the store and the cafe but didn’t go into detail. That’s okay. Everyone will be able to see the changes he has made when he holds his grand opening this autumn.
Until then, you’ll just have to drive by and see the changes for yourselves or inspect the photos below: