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Local family reopens 76 gas station

Carol Chapman has been very, very busy.

Not only does she work full-time at Babies “R” Us in Clackamas, she’s been preparing to send her oldest daughter off to college in September and getting the 76 gas station on Main Street and Fourth Avenue spotless before its opening as Chapmans’ Three in One Station: Deli, Fuel & Service on Monday, Aug. 5.

The whole Chapman family has been putting a lot of elbow-grease into getting the store shipshape. The place required a lot of cleaning, and the floor had to be stripped and waxed.

But Chapman says of her husband, Roger Chapman, “He’s the one who’s been putting most of the blood, sweat and tears into this place.”

A few months back, times were rough for the family, Carol said.

Roger was laid off on the same day that Carol got the call offering her the Babies “R” Us job.

“It was difficult, but we knew God had other plans for us, and apparently it was this,” Carol said.

As Roger was on the job hunt, he kept driving by the 76 gas station.

When they realized it was for lease, the Chapmans began researching what it would take to open the business.

The location had some sentimental pull. Years and years ago, Roger’s family operated a service station on the exact same lot.

The Chapmans decided to go for it, and the whole family has been getting the place ready for the opening on Aug. 5.

In addition to fuel pumps, the site will have a small store, deli and a few tables.

Carol expects that people will find it pleasant to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee there before heading off to work.

Until the place is up and running and established, it will be operated mostly by the family and close friends.

Carol emphasized that the family’s community involvement over the years will help draw Estacadans to the business.

She grew up in Estacada and graduated from Estacada High School in 1992. She lived in California for a time and joined the Army.

Carol returned to Estacada after being honorably discharged because of a hip fracture in 2005.

Upon her return, she found Roger Chapman again. He had graduated from EHS in 1981. They had known each other a long time.

Carol and Roger Chapman recently celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary.

Altogether, the couple has four kids — two boys and two girls.

Carol’s daughter, Alexis Chavez, graduated from EHS this year. Chavez has been spending the summer helping to prepare the three in one station for its opening. It has been a lot of cleaning, pricing and moving.

The work goes more quickly when her church friends come to help out.

Chavez will attend Oregon State University to study biology in the fall.

Carol Chapman points out that as her daughter was an avid participant in numerous sports programs, they are pretty recognizable around town.

Through her daughter’s schooling, Carol Chapman has been involved in the Boosters, Senior Alcohol & Drug Free All-night Celebration Time (SAFACT) and Chavez’ sports teams. She also helps out with the Summer Celebration, Compassion Estacada and town events.

The Chapmans are active members of the Estacada First Baptist Church. Roger often participates in the church’s practice of changing the oil of single mothers’ cars once a month.

Carol hopes that the family’s community involvement will set them apart from the competition.

“We’ll be supporting the Rangers,” Chavez adds. (Chavez ran cross-country and track and played basketball and soccer in high school.)

They plan to carry sport event schedules in the store and maybe set up a sports scholarship sometime in the future.

The 76 will serve free hot dogs when it opens Monday, Aug. 5.

It will be open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.




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