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A Circle K employee advises a patron the store is closed back in March.

After going seven months without, Clifton and Morenci residents will be able to fill up on Polar Pops and other snacks Thursday when Circle K reopens its doors.

Clifton Town Manager Rudy Perez said the newly remodeled store on North Coronado Boulevard recently passed inspections by the fire and zoning departments and is ready to re-open.

The store will remain open while the community’s new Circle K — just feet away — is built, but that’s still a ways away, Perez said. The company is still working on the plans for the building and getting the necessary permits.

The new store will look much like the newest store in Safford in the 1500 block of East Highway 70, Code Enforcement Officer Angel Maldonado has said. It will have more fuel pumps than the store the company closed down several months ago and be much larger, she said.

Perez said Clifton was fortunate in that it didn’t lose a significant amount in sales tax revenue. Many customers simply went up the road to the Conoco, which is within the town’s city limits. Whatever loss there was stemmed from the fact the gas station closed at 10 p.m., he said.

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