Washington Dulles International Airport and Sunoco LP unveiled plans Thursday to construct a new on-airport gas station and convenience store to serve its growing airport customer base. The new site’s 14 pumps will offer 28 fueling positions for vehicles, while an 8,600-square-foot APlus convenience store will feature a Subway sandwich shop and one of the first Laredo Taco Company eateries on the East Coast. The new complex will be built just off the Dulles Airport Access Highway, adjacent to the existing airport gas station. Grand opening is projected for fall 2016, at which time the current station will close.
Conceptual Rendering of Dulles Sunoco Station and APlus Convenience Store
The site of the new station, on Rudder Road, is also along the rental car return route for many vehicles entering the airport. Customers will be able to fuel up at competitive prices (as a provision of Sunoco’s contract), drive through an automated car wash, park in one of 81 spaces, buy essentials in the APlus store and enjoy fresh Laredo Taco Company tacos, plates or bowls in addition to Subway’s array of signature sandwiches. The site will have seating for 45 people inside, plus 10 outdoor tables, and will be landscaped to include flowers, greenery and an earth-friendly storm-water drainage system.
The new facility is part of an effort by the Airports Authority to expand and enhance offerings to passengers. “Our goal is to continuously improve the experience for passengers at Dulles International Airport,” said Airports Authority Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Jerome L. Davis. “Our renovation of airport concessions – bringing new stores and restaurants – as well as our new parking options and new website are all designed to make Dulles International a more pleasant and convenient place for our customers to begin and end their journey.”
Airports Authority Director of Real Estate James Poff noted that building the new fueling station on a larger site “gives us the freedom to raise the bar and fulfill our vision to bring the latest and greatest amenities to customers. The Sunoco station and convenience store will be a world-class facility to serve the world’s travelers.”
Sunoco Director of Brand Marketing Drew Kabakoff said, “Dulles travelers are going to love what we have in store for them. There will be more room to get your fuel and to eat inside our APlus store, where the great food from Subway will be complemented by our successful Laredo Taco Company, which is just now expanding to the East Coast from Texas with fresh, delicious Mexican food hand-made on premises.”
The Laredo Taco Company concept will be new to the region. The eatery – known for its homemade tortillas and fresh salsa made daily – has more than 400 locations in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Sunoco is expanding Laredo Taco in 2016 to select sites in Virginia, including Dulles.
The existing airport gas station is a top seller in the region, comparable with other busy stations such as the Chesapeake House on I-95 in Maryland. With the current site reaching capacity, the Airports Authority selected an adjacent site that is about 50 percent larger and conducted a competitive process to select a firm to develop and operate it. A 20-year contract was awarded to MACS Retail LLC, a Sunoco subsidiary. The contract is structured to ensure a seamless transition from the current gas station to the new location without interruption of service to customers.
More Conceptual Renderings and Site Drawings:
APlus store will include Subway and Laredo Taco eateries, with ample seating indoors and outdoors
Site of the new fueling station will be along Rudder Road, just off the Dulles Airport Access Highway
Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports together serve more than 40 million passengers a year. The Airports Authority also operates and maintains the Dulles Airport Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road and manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail system into Loudoun County, Virginia. No tax dollars are used to operate the toll road, which is funded by toll revenues, or the airports, which are funded through aircraft landing fees, rents and revenues from concessions. The Airports Authority generates more than 387,000 jobs in the National Capital Region.
Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership that operates more than 850 convenience stores and retail fuel sites and distributes motor fuel to convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in 30 states at approximately 6,800 sites, both directly as well as through its 31.58 percent interest in Sunoco, LLC, in partnership with an affiliate of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP). SUN's general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE). For more information, visit the Sunoco LP website at www.SunocoLP.com.