Last week at this time, the Warren County business community was still in shock at the sudden closure of Mapco at 234 Beersheba Street.
The building was boarded up and the gas hoses were removed.
A week later, it does not appear Mapco has any plans to reopen at that location and the company is exploring other options in McMinnville. The building on Beersheba Street was closed due to safety issues, a company spokeswoman said.
“The building was not condemned,” said Mapco spokeswoman Julie Jimenez-Padron, “but instead it didn’t meet the high standards that we believe our guests and team members deserve.”
Reports indicate the Mapco foundation was deteriorating and the building was deemed not safe for customers or staff. Mapco has looked at other property in McMinnville, including an area on Smithville Highway close to the fairgrounds, but nothing has been determined about the chain reopening here.
“We are very grateful to the McMinnville community for the many years of support and we continue to explore new opportunities in this and surrounding areas,” said Jimenez-Padron.
She added that all local Mapco employees have been relocated to nearby stores, perhaps to be reunited again down the road at a new store in McMinnville.
The property at 234 Beersheba Street is owned by Mapco.