A heavy rain on March 21 did not dampen spirits at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians ribbon cutting ceremony for the Chukchansi Crossing Fuel & Travel Center at Highway 41 and Lucky Lane in Coarsegold.
“We’re excited to introduce Chukchansi Crossing and hope that it becomes a major convenience to our guests and surrounding neighborhood,” said Tribal Council Chairwoman Jennifer Ruiz. “We are committed to growing our property in a way that provides our customers unique experiences and great value. Simultaneously, we’re proud to reinvest in our community to create employment opportunities and additional benefits to the overall economy. A lot of people helped make this a realty after many years of planning.”
Ruiz added that not only will Chukchansi Crossing provide competitive gas prices, it will offer more convenience for Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino guests and its employees, and will also benefit those traveling to key destinations beyond Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino like Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park.
The facility is open 24-hours a day, with 18 fuel pumps, dispensing four grades of fuel, including diesel. Fuel prices are currently currently $2.89 a gallon for regular unleaded, $3.19 for supreme and $3.29 for diesel. The Mountain Area average is about $3.24 for regular unleaded, with the lowest being $3.05 at the 7-11 in Oakhurst.
“I commute to Fresno everyday for work and the lower cost of gas here will make a big difference for me,” said an Oakhurst resident who was getting gas after the ceremony.
A blessing and prayer was led by Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians Council Member Harold Hammond, before the official ribbon-cutting took place.
Other council members on hand were Thomas Walker, Eugene Lewis, Heather Airey, David Works, Claudia Gonzales and Patrick Hammond.
To best accommodate motorhomes, big rigs and trailers, the station has two diesel pumps on the north side of the building as well as two charging outlets for electric vehicles, and a touchless car wash.
A good selection of food and beverage is available in the 4,500 square-foot mini-mart, and the facility also features the Willow Glen Smoke Shop, with a drive-through window, open daily 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. A small restaurant and coffee shop is being planned for space in the building in the future.
The construction of Chukchansi Crossing began after a ground-breaking ceremony in January 2017, creating over 200 jobs throughout the building process. Now open, the facility has created 20 full-time employment positions.
“Growth in an important thing in our rural communities, and the location of this facility will allow easy access for tourists and locals alike,” said Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. “I was also happy to hear that a number of local, full-time jobs were created through this venture.”
Details: www.ChukchansiGold.com, (559) 335-4400, 1-866-794-6946.