(La Porte, IN) - After a few months of no progress, work has resumed on the new 7-Eleven store going up in La Porte.
Brian Vowell of Vequity Construction out of Chicago said work stopped in late January. Vowell said supply chain issues were part of the problem, but the most significant factor behind the work stoppage was last-minute changes to the interior design.
He said 7-Eleven acquired Speedway and during the transition, a slight change was felt needed with the interior designs to comply with upgraded standards brought on by the acquisition.
“They just pulled the drawings back from us and said let us tweak these a bit,” Vowell said.
Vowell said the changes also required going through an approvals process again on the drawings, which added to the delay. He said the goal is to be finished with construction sometime in August.
The 7-Eleven is going up at Pine Lake Avenue and Truesdell Avenue, one of the busiest intersections in the city. The store will add to the area's changing landscape brought on by development across the street at New Porte Landing, a former industrial site that’s since been cleaned up.
Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Dunes Event Center went up several years ago at New Porte Landing, where 200 resort-type apartments have begun housing tenants. A new Aldi is also going up at New Porte Landing. The 7-Eleven is going where Spoor’s Auto Sales existed for more than 30-years.
A house on the less than one-acre parcel was torn down to make way for the construction of the 7-Eleven.