Sunday, February 22, 2009

You Gotta Know When To Fuel 'Em

I guess, if you think about it, the life of a gambler comes down to fuel. You need the fuel to win, the fuel to get over a loss, and you literally need fuel to commute back and forth from the isolated desert landscape surrounding Casino Del Sol.The Del Sol Marketplace and Chevron gas station, located on the premises of the casino, boasts a physical and metaphorical variety of fuel to assist the purposes and emotions of all gamblers, 24/7. "We get hundreds of people a day, we're constantly busy," said Lisa Wilder, a cashier at the sprawling on-site convenience store. 

Supplying customers with isles of assorted snacks, hot food, dairy products, coffee, energy drinks, and soda, it should be called the "Del Sol Compact Costco". Whether summoning the energy to continue making the bets, or stocking up for the ride home, the store offers enough carbohydrates, proteins and caffeine to satisfy anyone. Although edible favorites are excessively available for both customers and their pets, they are not the main attraction of the convenience store, "we sell a lot of beer and cigarettes," said Wilder. "usually it's by the cartons. We have regulars who buy six to 10 cartons at a time, once a month." 

With a drive thru window located on the side of the convenience store, between 6a.m. and 8 p.m. customers do not have to leave their car to acquire any of the hundreds of sold items. 

"We sell everything except beer through the window," said Elizabeth Esparza, the drive thru cashier. "Depending on how busy it is, I'll run in and grab anything. I've seen up to seven cars backed up." 

The Chevron station is owned and operated by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and the cashiers are employees of the casino. 

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