Slatersville Cumberland Farms to close this weekend, reopen mid-September

Slatersville Cumberland Farms to close this weekend, reopen mid-September

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A busy gas station/convenience store across from Slatersville Plaza will be closed after this weekend and will remain shut down through fall to make way for a larger facility.

Construction at Cumberland Farms on Victory Highway will begin on Monday, April 24 and the store is not anticipated to reopen until mid-September, according to a statement provided by the company.

The gas station is one of few in North Smithfield, at a heavily traveled intersection, and while it is unclear how the closure and construction could affect traffic and local commerce, some town drivers will undoubtedly have to travel for services.

Officials have known for more than a year that the company planned to renovate the facility, demolishing the old store to make way for a more modern, larger location. The company has purchased an abutting lot to accommodate the expansion, and has plans to add bike racks to the store, according to information provided by former Town Planner Robert Ericson.

Plans for a new facility to be built once the property is razed were submitted by DiPrete Engineering, and show that the store will have 26 parking spaces and new vegetation surrounding the store, including a line of trees along adjacent Ferrier Street.

The remodeled location at 901 Victory Highway will be 4,786 square feet and will have eight gas dispensers with 16 fueling positions, in addition to both outdoor patio seating and an indoor community counter, company officials told The Breeze.

Entrances will remain on North Main Street, Route 102 and Ferrier, and it appears the new store will have one large door at the center.

The Planning Board unanimously approved the plans last year.

The move is in keeping with what appears to be a growth spurt by the company, which is expanding and upgrading facilities throughout New England. Locally, Cumberland Farms opened a new location on Mendon Road in Woonsocket in 2015 and recently, has submitted plans to expand a store on the Lincoln/Pawtucket line that will be open 24-7.

The company also submitted a bid to purchase Ayotte Field in Woonsocket, right on the North Smithfield line, but ultimately backed out of that deal.

New stores generally have more food items and large coffee stations.

But closure and construction of the North Smithfield location could be among a number of inconveniences town residents will face in the upcoming months. The Central Street Bridge, which carries local traffic on Route 5/Central Street over Route 146 close to the Massachusetts border, is closed for repairs until fall. And just down the road, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, which carries Route 5 over the Branch River, will close on Monday, May 1 and remain closed through July.

That structure is the oldest documented masonry bridge in Rhode Island, built in 1855, and carries approximately 8,000 vehicles per day. It has been structurally-deficient since 2007. Detour maps can be found at www.ridot.net/detourmaps .

Editor's note: The above article has been edited from its original version to reflect a statement provided by Cumberland Farms.