When Steve Eddy designed the new Fast Eddy’s on Eagle Road, he wanted to make it a prototype of what a convenient store could be. After seven years of work, Eddy’s prototype opened to the public last week with a car wash, lube shop, full growler bar and sandwich shop.
The 12,000-square-foot store is more than three times as large as the average convenience store, which is generally 2,500 to 4,000 square feet, according to Eddy, who is co-owner with his wife, Tracie Eddy. The entire Fast Eddy’s campus — including the Chevron gas station, convenience store, car wash and lube shop — is on 5 acres. The store also has a 5,000-square-foot second floor which will be home of a not-yet-announced retailer later this year.
The new Fast Eddy’s has 24 beers on tap — with options for sampling — and Idaho’s first Earl of Sandwich restaurant. Steve Eddy said staff have really “upped the offering” at the new Fast Eddy’s, making sure they have a wide variety of products. The store also has four outdoor patio areas.
Fast Eddy’s announced in August 2017 the sale of three of their locations to Jacksons Food Stores. In the same post, Fast Eddy’s mentioned the new location, saying it would outdo all of the other locations combined, the post read.
According to the Idaho Business Review, Steve and Tracie Eddy sold 14 stores to Jacksons in 2004 as well.
Steve Eddy said businesses have to evolve to meet the needs of consumers, which he said this new location allows Fast Eddy’s to do.