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New store/ gas station is going up on U.S. 41

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 21, 2000

LUTZ -- In place of an antique store, a local doctor is developing a small convenience store and gasoline station.

Dr. Hussain I. Saba, who owns both western corners at U.S. 41 and Crenshaw Lake Road, has begun construction of the store on the northwest corner, following demolition of the Friendly Furniture Store.

His site plan shows a 1,975-square-foot store on the northwest portion of the property, with 12 parking spaces and a single row of gasoline pumps between the store and the corner. Saba, who practices at Moffitt Cancer Center, could not be reached for comment.

The convenience store would be the second on Lutz's stretch of U.S. 41. Several gasoline stations were bought and demolished by the Florida Department of Transportation prior to 1997 to accommodate the highway's six lanes. After the work was finished, a Chevron station opened south of Sunset Lane on the east side of U.S. 41.

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