The owner of Bessinger Convenience Centers on Thursday said he plans to open a new location on U.S. Highway 91 in Franklin, Idaho.

Dave Bessinger of Logan says the new establishment, planned for construction on the east side of the highway and directly west of the Legacy Ranch subdivision near the Utah-Idaho border, will be similar in appearance to his other Tesoro stations in the Logan area.

Bessinger said he plans to sell alcohol at the new convenience store and is working with Idaho lottery officials to become an authorized vendor of lottery products.

The new facility may also feature a full-service Mexican kitchen, but Bessinger said the exact details of the proposed eatery are still in the works.

Bessinger’s Aggie Station, at 790 E. 1400 North in Logan, features a similar in-house restaurant.

If the eatery is included in the construction plans, Bessinger said his business partner, Mario Villapudua, who runs Mundo’s Kitchen at Aggie Station, will oversee the restaurant inside the new convenience store as well.

Franklin is Idaho’s oldest city and has a population of about 600. Town leaders say they’re anticipating a potential growth spurt in the coming years thanks in part to the Legacy Ranch development and the future Horse Station at Cache Valley — an equine sports and enthusiast complex on the south end of town.

The new Bessinger store would be Franklin’s second service shop.

City administrator Jeremy Kimpton said commercial development is especially good for the city’s tax base and said the new shop will be a good service to the community.

Bessinger has purchased a two-acre lot at the site and said he’s looking forward to the new project.

“The employees we’ve talked to about this are very excited,” he said. “And for us, it’s the first growth we’ve had in a long time. We’ve remodeled the 300 South location and the Aggie Station, and we’re going to remodel the 2500 North one at the first of the year.”

The next steps include finalizing design details and gearing up for construction.

“I have the loan in place to build it and we’re hoping to build through the winter and have it open in the spring,” he said. “But that really depends on weather. The very earliest we could start would be one month from now.”

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