After two years of sore eyes and empty tanks, the 76 gas station on the corner of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard is on the path to reopening at the start of next year.
The station sat unused after the previous owner’s lease from Conoco-Phillips expired in 2009, and was finally acquired in June 2010 in a group purchase of Conoco-Phillips stations by Platinum Energy, based out of Agoura Hills.
Platinum Energy, 76’s largest fuel distributor on the West Coast, owns and directly operates several stations in Southern California, a model that will be implemented in La Cañada as well, said Brian Whalen, general manager of Platinum Energy.
According to Whalen, the current construction took some time to get off the ground because Platinum Energy wanted to work closely with the city.
This cooperation was intended to make sure Platinum Energy built a station that would fit in, design-wise, with the direction being taken by the other businesses along Foothill Boulevard.