Sunny Bhanot, owner of the last remaining 7-Eleven store in Madera, at Cleveland Avenue and Lake Street, watched as a crew from Wilkey’s Construction of Olivehurst began removing the gas pumps and tanks at his store.
The fuel island is being removed due to state mandated requirements. Though the steel tanks were not leaking and the pumps were the latest design, the state is requiring all steel tanks be replaced with plastic tanks. Unfortunately, because of the high cost with such a switch, the tanks will not be replaced.
The store opened in 1972. At one time there were three 7-Elevens in Madera. After residing and working in Benicia for over eight years, Bhanot and his wife, Renu, moved to Madera and on July 10, 1996, Bhanot took over the store. Their daughter, Megan was born in 1999 and during the summer the family helps with the operation of the store.
The store’s parking lot has been completely fenced off, forcing customers to walk across the busy street for food, refreshments or other store items...