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UPDATE: Petrus Plaza BVI opens in Fish Bay

- with service station & drive through touch-less car wash
Petrus Plaza BVI opened its service station and drive through touch-less car wash at Fish Bay, Today, January 24, 2020. Photo: VINO
PG Gas Station at Fish Bay, Tortola, supplies BP (British Petroleum) gas. Photo: VINO
PG Gas Station at Fish Bay, Tortola, supplies BP (British Petroleum) gas. Photo: VINO
Some of the employees of Petrus Plaza BVI located at Skelton Bay Lot in Fish Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Some of the employees of Petrus Plaza BVI located at Skelton Bay Lot in Fish Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Petrus Plaza VI branch. Photo: Angela Burns/VI Consortium
Petrus Plaza VI branch. Photo: Angela Burns/VI Consortium
The family behind the business, Petrus Plaza BVI. From left: Allison aka 'Allie', Beverly, Ari-Yanna and Ki-Yanna Petrus. Photo: Provided
The family behind the business, Petrus Plaza BVI. From left: Allison aka 'Allie', Beverly, Ari-Yanna and Ki-Yanna Petrus. Photo: Provided
Petrus Plaza BVI was constructed to be hurricane resistant. Photo: VINO/File
Petrus Plaza BVI was constructed to be hurricane resistant. Photo: VINO/File
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI- Some 36 persons in the Virgin Islands (VI) are now newly employed, with the opening of Petrus Plaza BVI, an investment by Belonger and US Virgin Islands (USVI) resident, Mr Allison Petrus aka ‘Allie’.

Petrus Plaza BVI, located in Fish Bay, Tortola, and which includes a gas station named 'PG Gas Station' and a drive through touch-less car wash, opened today, January 24, 2020.

The company commenced service to the community shortly after noon today.

Mr Petrus said the opening is for phase one of the business, which will feature a food court and convenience store in phase two.

"It’s a touch-less car-wash that is going to be the experience here, especially when you come at nights. It’s going to be almost like a light show," said Mr Petrus.

There were concerns about the gas station being located on a turn where persons drive at a fast rate; however, a speed bump has since been strategically placed to resolve that issue.

Another 30 or more to be employed in phase 2

According to the entrepreneur, who owns several business establishments in the USVI, by the end of phase two more than sixty persons in the VI will be earning a pay cheque.

"There are thirty five people who we have been employed locally from the BVI, and in our second phase, when we open up our convenience store and the food court, we are going to be hiring probably another thirty to thirty five persons."

Today's soft opening featured blessings by Pastor Claude O. Skelton-Cline and congratulatory remarks by Deputy Governor Mr David D. Archer Jr.

See previous article published January 19, 2020

$1.5M touchless car wash & gas station opens this week

The Virgin Islands (VI) branch of Petrus Plaza, a highly anticipated Belonger owned touchless drive-thru car wash and gas station is said to be opening by the end of this new week.

The facility, constructed at Fish Bay, next to International Motors on Tortola is owned by a businessman from the US Virgin Islands (USVI), Mr Allison Petrus aka ‘Allie’ who spent much of his boyhood days in the Virgin Islands with his grandmother in Brewers Bay. 

His grandmother Leona Callwood and mother Gretta Thomas Petrus were born in the Virgin Islands and he is dedicating the project to them both.

As part of a phased opening at its Fish Bay location, the facility will be employing some 30 locals in the first phase and some 55 to 65 persons when the entire project is fully completed. 

Phased launch planned 

“It is what we will call a plaza because it has multiple business operations there. It will obviously be anchored by the gas station and a drive-thru car wash, which is a new dimension to what we have in the BVI,” Mr Petrus told Virgin Islands News Online in October 2019. 

The gas station and drive-through will be ready for business, while the food court will be coming by April this year Mr Petrus told USVI media. 

He noted that the buildings are being constructed to withstand hurricanes with local entity Quality Construction, headed by Mr Roy L. Garraway aka ‘Yellow’, tasked with construction.

The service station, which will go by the name 'PG Gas Station', will supply BP gas, “Our gas is supplied by a BP (British Petroleum) supplier in Puerto Rico, therefore our gas is a BP product,” Mr Petrus said.

Family Business 

According to VINO affiliate, the Virgin Islands Consortium, the Petrus family has been in business for some 18 years now, starting with a Subway franchise on St Thomas and also owned an IHOP franchise. Petrus Plaza was then established on Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas and included its first gas station ‘PG Gas’ and Sbarro Pizza Restaurant.

Mr Petrus said they had plans to do business in the BVI for quite some time and after he was unsuccessful running for governor of the US Virgin Islands, they decided it was the right time to start.

According to Mr Petrus, the goal now is to grow this business and embark on other projects, so that he can be a major employer and contributor to the economy of the territory.

Subject to the relevant government permits being approved, he expects to host the soft launching for the Plaza by the end of the week, however, a date is yet to be announced. 

Asked the cost of the project by USVI Media, Mr Petrus, holding his head said, “This is a major investment. My philosophy is go all the way or not at all. It’s like $1.5 million.”

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27 Responses to “UPDATE: Petrus Plaza BVI opens in Fish Bay”

  • De police (19/01/2020, 16:39) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply
    The place looks really nice but when I see the speed people coming from the east around the corner You might want to have a wrecker close by. Looks very scary
  • List 521 (19/01/2020, 18:41) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hope the price is right it says people are happy invested in while the vip is in power
    • Why politics (26/01/2020, 06:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      You think that this project only was committed and started q1 months ago. Man ayo stop destroying thia country by making everything political.
  • lonely (19/01/2020, 18:52) Like (12) Dislike (16) Reply
    So this man from here and he not from here lol
  • investor (19/01/2020, 19:27) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Opinion (19/01/2020, 20:40) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    The need to cut the trees around the turn to see in coming traffic going
    & coming
  • ? (19/01/2020, 20:59) Like (11) Dislike (37) Reply
    Who so stupid to put a speedbump on a corner
  • Hmmmmmmm (19/01/2020, 22:57) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Very good investment maybe bvi people who can vote will put you in now as usvi governor lol
  • Sugarapple (20/01/2020, 00:10) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Allie and Beverly
  • No fastfood franchise (20/01/2020, 07:41) Like (15) Dislike (32) Reply
    Let's hope they dont bring any fastfood franchise. Keep BVI unique please
    • BuilderBob (20/01/2020, 12:01) Like (17) Dislike (18) Reply
      let's hope they bring the golden arches or fingering licking good
      • no time soon (20/01/2020, 13:41) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
        Mc Donald's don't do business's in places with less than 50K people. Thats the policy with these franchizes.
        • Big Bellies (26/01/2020, 06:59) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
          Thats because them dont know how much junk food our obese 35000 population does eat!
    • wise up (25/01/2020, 12:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      U so small minded
  • the valley of the sun (20/01/2020, 08:27) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    we would like to take this opportunity to welcome the (P).family to our virgin shores hope they find much success in their new venture..their should have have been a set back for a turning lane to the entrance of the property and please forgive me if there is one . giving the fact that we have so many cars on the road on any giving day .and the east is a major hub along with that area leading to the capitol.. the time is right for a conversation on the future of the road net work in the (BVI). including the capitol and every district . do we go under ground ,including the ocean our do we build bridges with overpases . let"s start the conversation rite now .. more electric cars for the future and a limit on cars for the family..we do not have to destroy our selves to save our selves (in the valley of the sun)
  • old (20/01/2020, 10:43) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    We go st Thomas and by fast foot so.
  • Po We (20/01/2020, 16:02) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
    How many gallons of water to clean one car?
    Is his water being sourced from the same suppliers as we the people who are forced to suffer the indignity of bathing out of a bucket?
    Mortal got it hard.

    • Po we reply (24/01/2020, 19:31) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
      Po We...the modern car wash recycles the water and filters it. Please make sure you understand something before you criticize it. This man spent a lot of money to bring both jobs and a modern convenience to the island. Don't go dragging it down.
      • @powe reply (25/01/2020, 00:54) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        The writer asked a question,a valid question.
        From where is the water being sourced. Portions io the Islands are without water in the daily.
        How do u conclude it as criticism? Considering the imposed water drought,this should have been explained up front without the question being raised.
  • sad story (20/01/2020, 20:11) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
    We need a subway!!
  • Eagle Eye (25/01/2020, 14:09) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    How much to go through the car wash? Alot of rain falling these days.
  • Bvi nice (26/01/2020, 16:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    the private sector doing their part . the govt needs to step up and do its part as well. fish bay and its environs becoming a major commercial bay and shopping areas as such the govt should provide wide and smooth roads, pedestrian walk, ample street lighting and general asthetics to enhance the area.

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