Tell us about Jack’s. Who is Jack?
Jack's is a third generation family owned and operated petroleum business in Central Minnesota. It was started in 1976 by John (Jack) & Mary Gruenes. It is now and owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, John & Karen Derichs. John runs the day to day operations of the business along with their sons, Aaron & Nathen. We are a full service petroleum distributor of propane, gasoline and diesel products to residential, commercial and agricultural customers. We also own and operate 4 Sinclair c-stores. The newest store was John's dream for many years as it's in directly in our home town; in fact the high school of which all the owners graduated is located just behind the new store! This was our first ground up build and it was thrilling to watch John's dream take shape each day through the construction. We tried to use as many local vendors as possible for this project, many of which are family owned as well. The new location has something for everyone such as a build your own frozen yogurt bar, a large bait & tackle area, Hot Stuff Foods, grocery selections and off course a touchless car wash. Our motto is that behind the success of every small business there is a family. Allowing our family to serve yours is our passion.
How long did it take to build?
We broke ground right after Labor Day 2016 and opened the doors March 15, so approximately 6 months.
When did it open?
4am on March 15, 2017
Will there be a grand opening?
Yes, we plan to hold a grand opening sometime in the near future once all the construction dust has settle and any kinks worked out.
Is there a fiberglass dino?
Not yet, we it should be delivered any day now! No Sinclair store is complete with the iconic Dino!
Any interesting stories or bumps in the road during construction?
We selected March 15th as our opening day back in late September 2016...even after some minor weather hiccups (we did choose to build in the winter...in Minnesota) - we HIT the target! For a new construction build we felt this was a pretty awesome achievement. That's kudos to all of our vendors...and a little to Mother Nature!
Where is this station located?
Our new store is located in Eden Valley, Minnesota at 169 Meeker Ave E, Eden Valley MN 55329.
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