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After 2½-year closure, remote service station reopens with more offerings

Hesperus convenience store to add Jeep rentals, local products and take-and-bake pizza
Hesperus Station, a convenience store/gas station, reopened in April, and it plans to gradually add products and feature local products. Carolann Parsons, who co-owns the business, says a propane exchange and wood bundles are coming soon, as well as another pump to offer diesel fuel. (Patrick Armijo/Durango Herald)

The convenience store/gas station at Hesperus has reopened with new owners 2½ years after the beginning of an extended remodel.

Carolann Parsons, who co-owns Hesperus Station with her daughter-in-law, Sheridan Parsons, said they plan to add offerings at the store/gas station to include diesel fuel, take-and-bake pizzas and calzones, and they are working to get a liquor license.

Next summer, they plan to add a Jeep rental service, beginning with just a few Jeeps, then adding vehicles as demand dictates.

“We opened on April 23, slowly, gradually,” Carolann Parsons said. “Now, almost every day we’re adding new products.”

The store will feature locally made products, and so far, the store’s best sellers are cinnamon rolls and breakfast burritos made by Sherrie’s Homebaked Goods of Kline.

In addition to chips, candy, snacks and other convenience store items, Carolann Parsons says Hesperus Station, the convenience store/gas station she owns with her daughter-in-law, will gradually add local products. It’s current best sellers are cinnamon rolls and breakfast burritos made by Sherrie’s Homebaked Goods of Kline. (Courtesy of Carolann Parsons)

Parsons said she intends to add locally raised meat and locally grown greens and herbs, in addition to staples, such as milk and eggs.

“The idea is to be a one-stop shop with something extra,” she said.

A car show featuring more than 50 vehicles was held at Hesperus Station during the Memorial Day weekend grand opening, and Parson plans to hold special events in the future.

The Hesperus Oasis, the previous convenience store/gas station at the site, 10864 U.S. Highway 160, closed in October 2018 for a remodel.

The work extended for 2½ years after the previous store’s owner died at the beginning of the project and the COVID-19 pandemic also delayed work.

However, Parsons said the delays allowed her daughter-in-law and her to invest in a local business.

Soon, they plan to add a propane exchange, wood bundles and offer Colorado Lottery tickets.

The store has three employees.

Its hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

parmijo@durangoherald.com

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