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BP Plans to Reopen Former Washington Township Getty

The plans don't include any retail store at the site.

The former Getty on Washington Avenue in Washington Township could reopen as a BP, if the township Planning Board approves an application for the plan.

Getty Properties Corp., which owns the site, agreed to lease 28 gas station properties in New Jersey and New York to BP of North America after Getty Petroluem Marketing went bankrupt. Fourteen other Getty stations have reportedly already switched to BP.

Ted Foundopoulos, the former operator of the Washington Township Getty, previously told Patch that he was not going to continue with BP because he to them. 

The Getty has been closed since February, and had no gas for weeks prior.

According to engineer William Vogt, BP wants to simply clean up the site, give the garage a fresh coat of beige paint and replace the Getty signs and pumps with their own. They do not plan to have any retail sales at the site as had been rumored, he said at a Planning Board meeting last week.

Operations will continue as they were at Getty with one gas station attendant and two mechanics, according to Vogt. They would like to be open from 5 a.m. to midnight, but would comply with the township's ordinance, he said.

The new pylon sign will be about a foot taller than the existing sign but will be about 20 percent smaller, Vogt said.

The Board is expected to continue hearing the application at their May 29 meeting.

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ted May 06, 2013 at 11:03 PM
THANK YOU JOHN Q i hope to see you in for some repair work so i can show you how my restriction of 25 lbs lifting,twisting,bending is performed when rotating tires,changing batteries and things like that and because you are really trying to help me and my family im sure to see you in for one of my easy ,profitable jobs!!!!! since now that you have made it public that im officialy working, well for everyone else id like to mention that i have oproched BP with an offer to rent the bays at that location but i have not received a reply in a week still waiting, also feeling good and i good to get my one year check up in 6 weeks to see how my double spinale fusion is going i have a lot of healing to do. since now im out im sure to hear from a lot of custemers Ted.
B@B May 07, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Glad to see your return, Ted. If BP is smart they will rent you the bays. (Of course if BP was smart they wouldn't have belched millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, lol) They should think of the built-in customer base they get by leasing to you. Glad to hear you are feeling good. Don't push it though, we will see you soon!
Ritsa Foundopoulos McLerran May 12, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of my brother Teddy! Never once while we were growing up did I look at him and think "yep, future respected, trusted, businessman of Washington Township". This is the same guy that lived for giving me wedgies and wiping his boogers on me. But that's what older brothers do! How we've all grown up(although I think he'd still flick a boogie if I wasn't looking). To read these comments from all of his customers/supporters/friends...I just get overrun with emotion. Teddy worked for over 10 years to build that business to what it was...sometimes 70-80 hours a week. It broke his heart and his spirit to have to close down the shop. But slowly he is getting back on his feet. Word of his working again is spreading....fast! To all of you that have taken the time to post a comment, words of encouragement, location of the new "shop", I thank you....for believing and trusting in my brother. Since I know reside in Arizona and only get to see my bro once in a while....when you stop by for an oil change, etc. feel free to give him a wee wedgie or leave a nice fresh boogie on the door handle. Luv ya bro!!!
B@B May 12, 2013 at 07:34 PM
We try to take good care of him, Ritsa. (And Ted....boogers? Really? Was that necessary?)
Tracy Giesberg June 13, 2013 at 04:02 AM
So happy he's back to working. I've been depriving my car because I wont let anyone else touch it!

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