CLINTON — Customers will once again be able to stop in at the Lyons Filling Station beginning today.

Renovations are now complete and the station is celebrating its reopening under a new manager, Pat Determan.

The station closed May 3 and workers have spent the last 45 days renovating the building, inside and out. Determan said the interior has been made much more convenient and customer-friendly.

“We’ve cleaned it up inside and we’re making it so it’s not so crowded in there. It’s going to be more spacious and we’ve added some interior signage to make everything easier to locate,” Determan said.

Determan has been in the gas station service industry before. His first job was as a gas attendant at Wareco.

“It’s bringing back a little of the past,” said Determan. His most recent employment was with Kirchhoff Distributing, but his wife, Ellen, owns and operates Gift Baskets Unlimited. Determan said having his own business is like a dream come true.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to own and run my own business,” Determan said. “I just like to deal with people. I’ve done it all my life.”

He added that he looks forward to serving the Gateway-area community’s full-service gas station needs.

The newly renovated Lyons Filling Station will still feature a wide variety of convenience items, such as milk, ice, beer, soft drinks, juice and so on, but will now have a diner inside. Det’s Diner will be offering sub sandwiches and a brown bag lunch special, which includes a sub sandwich, chips and a cookie for $3.99. Determan said the lunch special will be great for those who have to get their meals on the go. If customers have time to stop for a while, they can have a seat at one of two dining booths inside the store. Determan also is working with the Clinton Maid Rite to offer more menu items.

Lyons Filling Station may soon have a full-service island at the station. Determan said he is looking into adding full station services in the near future that will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Determan said he has many people to thank for his success.

“I thank Ron and Liz McGovern. They gave me a great opportunity to manage and own this business. I thank all my friends, my three children and my wife. Without them, I couldn’t have come this far and gotten through the last few weeks,” Determan said.

“And of course, all my customers on the Budweiser side, for giving me support there and in my new business venture.”

Determan also extends a special thank you to his brother, Derek, for handpainting the signage for the station, and to Leonard Porter for all of his hard work there.

Determan invites residents in the Gateway area to stop in, see and shop at the new Lyons Filling Station.

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