Thanks to Hyde Park from Mobil gas

To the Editor:

As owner and operator of the Mobil station on 53rd Street, it has been my pleasure to be involved in the Hyde Park community for last eight years. As many people know by now, I will be closing this Mobil location on Aug. 12. I did not want to do so without saying thank you to my customers and to all of Hyde Park and Kenwood.

I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has patronized the gas station and car wash throughout the years and especially to my employees for their continuing service. For anyone wondering what will happen to workers after the closing, most of our current employees have accepted job offers from other locations.

While closing the business will be a big change for me personally, I know it also will be a change for the community. There has been a lot of attention given recently to the future of the site where my business currently sits. I am well aware of Mesa Development’s plans for a new apartment building (Vue53) at this location, and I believe this project will be good for the businesses along 53rd Street and for the local economy in Hyde Park and the area around it.

Along with businesses that have opened recently and new ones that are coming, the building and its residential and retail tenants will continue to enliven all of 53rd Street. I wish the project much success.

Aqueel Ahmed