Paul and Alberta Zoummar purchased East Coast Gas in June, and they want to bring new life to the Arsenal Street gas station.
The station across from the Arenal on the Charles was renovated about a year ago, complete with adding a building on the site, putting up a canopy over the pumps and replacing the underground tanks. Zoummar already owned stations in Brighton and Quincy and when he saw East Coast Gas for sale he went for it.
“I’m in the business, already,” Zoummar said. “I liked the location, considering it is right on Arsenal Street.”
In Watertown, virtually all gas stations are required to be full-service stations, and East Coast Gas is no exception. The Zoummars hope to give people a reason to get out of their vehicles, however.
The previous owner never made much use of the new building on the site, but Zoummar wants it to fulfill its potential.
“We are trying to develop the area right now,” Zoummar said. “We will bring in some sort of food – a coffee shop, fast food, something of that nature.”
Zoummar said he is not sure which direction he will go, and said he is open to suggestions.
“Right now we are keeping the gas station going and trying to get the store going,” Zoummar said. “We are taking it one step at a time.”