A popular local convenience store and gas station near I-78 in Hellertown has been closed since the weekend, and Saucon Valley residents are demanding to know why.
The entrances to the ordinarily busy, 24/7 Turkey Hill Minit Market at 1140 Hellertown Road, Bethlehem, are barricaded, leaving regular customers and passing motorists wondering why their go-to place for gas, food, beverages, snacks and sundry items is shut down.
Saucon Source reached out to Turkey Hill Minit Markets, which are now owned by the UK-based EG Group, according to a Sept. 4 news release published on the company’s website.
The chain’s 225 convenience stores were formerly owned by Kroger, and a customer service phone number listed on the website still connects callers to a Kroger call center.
A customer service representative there did not have any immediate answers about why the store is closed, but said he would refer the inquiry to a media relations representative.
An employee who answered the phone at the Bethlehem store, however, said it is temporarily closed for renovations that are unrelated to a proposal to add beer sales and a seating area there. That proposal was brought before Bethlehem City Council last year.
The employee said the Turkey Hill store will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The Fountain Hill store’s facade is already being remodeled, with the store slated to close for a month for interior renovations beginning Nov. 6.
The store at Eighth Avenue and Schoenersville Road in the city is scheduled to be closed from mid-November to mid-December.