HARWOOD, N.D. — At the Petro Serve in Harwood, there are almost as many contractors and construction workers as there are residents. Look around and you'll see front end loaders, skid steers, block layers and sidewalk builders.
It's all for a gas station and convince store, that until this summer, had been the go-to for locals and familiar faces.
"It is disappointing we can be doing as much business ( because of construction) but as they say, you have to break eggs to make an omelet," said Petro Serve USA CEO Kent Satrang.
That is about to change. The Petro Serve is in a good spot, with Interstate 29 on one side and Highway 81 on the other. Now, it's just a couple miles away from the new Amazon redistribution center.
"It is really going to be big with Amazon coming," Satrang said. "We had four stores we were going to be remodeling and this was number three, but once we heard Amazon was coming, we shot it right to the top because there are going to be so many workers coming in."
Petro Serve is giving itself a $5 million facelift. Instead of eight gas lanes, there will be 12. The number of diesel pumps is also doubling. Even the physical size of the building is expanding, all because Amazon workers—hundreds a day—will be coming right by.
"We will have a ton of business here," Satrang said.
The contractors working on the gas station can feel the ripple effect as Amazon comes to town and the demand for work increases.
"There is so much work here in Fargo and in the surrounding area, we will be busy for years to come," said Jordan Wear, foreman for Huesman Schreiber Masonry.
By January 1st of 2022, the gas station should have a new look for their customers grabbing their daily coffee, gas and meatloaf.
A big focus of the expansion will be the trucking industry. The gas station will add more room for semi-trucks, a canopy at new pumps and showers inside.