Ribbon Cutting Reopens Wave Gas Station
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, December 31st to celebrate the re-opening of the Wave gas station at 112-10 Beach Channel Drive. On hand were owner, proprietor Tom McNicholas, Deputy Inspector Scott Olexa, 100th Precinct, NYPD Lieutenant Kevin Taylor, Rod Tierney, Office of Emergency Management, and Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder, as well as employees, friends and family, including granddaughter Annie Parliman.
The popular gas station, convenience store, bait shop and marine refueling station, situated right along Jamaica Bay, suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy. Flood waters, which pushed in walls, rose up to four feet.
“We were here till the last minute,” said McNicholas, “and (back) the very next morning.”
Pumps, walls, counters, cases and refrigeration were all replaced and the station now has a new inside look.
Said one area customer making one of the first purchases at the newly reopened shop, “The coffee is just as good as ever. It’s great to see them back.”
McNicholas opened the business forty years ago in 1972, when gas cost 33 cents a gallon.