Rest stop scheduled to open next spring

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PICTOU — Work continues at the site of a future rest stop in Pictou.

David Wallace, vice-president of development for Somerled Properties Inc., confirmed the rest stop will include a McDonald’s restaurant, as well as an Ultramar gas bar and On the Run convenience store similar to the rest stop that opened recently in Valley, east of Truro and Bible Hill.

Petroleum tanks have arrived and the weather has been generally favourable for the contractor Dora Construction to complete the project by next spring.

“The big issue is getting the asphalt down soon,” Wallace said. “If the asphalt is down this year, we’re loking at early May to open.”

The Pictou rest stop’s area is about an acre more than the Valley operation, he said.

“It’s about 95 per cent similar,” he said. “There will be a few tweaks for the buildings.”

About 70 full-time and part-time jobs are anticipated at McDonalds and 10 jobs at the gas bar and convenience store.

“It’s significant in terms of the economic growth,” Wallace said, regarding the rest stop. “It’s on an island. It’s very busy. There are great viewing points, it will be well lit up. There will be more parking and RV parking. I really think it will complement everyone else.”

Wallace said the co-operation with the town has help drive the project.

“It’s been the best municipality to work with,” he said. “It has been a pleasure to work with the mayor, CAO and council.”

Work crews continue to prepare the site of the rest stop under construction near the Pictou roundabout. (Goodwin photo)