Commercial construction

An enormous gasoline tank is prepared to be placed underground Thursday morning in Inverness where a new 7-Eleven gas station and store are being planned. Two of the giant tanks will be underground when construction is complete.

From the west to the east and points in between, there is plenty of commercial construction going on in Citrus County.

The Chronicle is highlighting five projects that are in varying stages of completion. There are more but these are the ones that have been talked about for awhile or are visible from the road. 

Let's start with:


There are three 7-Eleven gas station/convenience stores under construction in Citrus County.

Two are in Homosassa: at 9335 U.S. 19, immediately north of the Walgreens at Shoppes of Sugarmill Woods and another at the northeast corner of West Cardinal Street and U.S. 19.

The other store is on the east side at 1007 U.S. 41 North in Inverness.

— The West Cardinal 7-Eleven should be open by the end of November. Of the three stores, this one is furthest along. It will include a 3,109 square-foot store with six gas pumps and car wash.

— Construction on the Sugarmill location is moving along fast. An opening date has not been announced.

— Work crews tore down the old Bank of America that sat on the Inverness site and the land is being cleared for the eastside 7-Eleven. There has been no date set for opening.

 Coney Island

 Construction on Joe Eder’s Coney Island Drive-Inn in Crystal River will begin soon.

The Crystal River restaurant will be patterned after Brooksville’s Coney Island Drive-Inn, owned by John Lee.

The two buildings on the property — a closed salon and abandoned home — have already been torn down 

Lee said he expects dirt removal to begin the week of Sept. 23 and he is hoping to wrap up construction by Christmas and open at the first of the year.

The eatery, which will serve Detroit-style footlong hot dogs, will  be at the southwest corner of State Road 44 and Seventh Avenue.

Caliber Car Wash

Construction is underway on the new Caliber Car Wash, off State Road 44 in Inverness.

Caliber spokesman Mac McCall said workers are on pace to finish construction around March 1, 2020. 

“Our first location is open in Ocala and we have over 10 other locations under construction across the Southeast,” McCall said. “Each location will employ between 12-18 employees.  We will be active in the community in supporting and sponsoring local philanthropies.”

Wawa in Crystal River

The ‘Wawa coming soon" sign at the northeast corner of State Road 44 and U.S. 19 has been there over two months but, so far, no work yet on the actual building or gas pumps.

Land clearing started over a year ago, soon after the old Fat Boys' Bar-B-Q restaurant was torn down to make way for the new chain.

Construction was supposed to start in late August and wrap up in seven months, Paul Chossim, project manager with RMC Development, said recently.

There's been no word on a new date.


If you’ve driven in downtown Crystal River you’ll notice the construction going on at U.S, 19 and Northeast Third Avenue.

It’s a new Subway and it will replace the existing franchise about 120 feet away at 723 U.S. 19. This Subway will have something not normally seen with this chain: a drive-thru lane.

Tentative opening is the end of the year.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or