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Kilgore’s Kleen Sweep is making changes to position the parking lot litter control business for the future.

Owners Angie and Bob Browning purchased the business from their mother, Joan Boswell, in August. Joan Boswell and her husband, Tommy, now deceased, started the business 43 years ago, Angie Browning said.

The Brownings also purchased the property from which the business operates, on 10 acres in Kilgore. Within a couple of weeks, they will have completed construction on a new barn to house the trucks for the first time “for safety and maintenance,” they said. The 2,400-square-foot facility will also have a space for their offices.

“The main reason for building the barn is to give us additional space,” said Bob Browning. “Our intent is to expand our business to really any maintenance that is necessary that a client may like to have done to their parking lots.”

Kleen Sweep’s intent, he said, is to become a single source for any needs a company has to maintain a large parking lot, including striping. One of the Brownings’ clients, for instance, is Longview Towne Crossing. Their sweeper trucks and three employees work in parking lots and garages and construction sites, for instance, at night.

The Brownings said they also have purchased two new vehicles since taking over the business, bringing the total number of sweeper trucks to six.

New restaurant opens

A Mexican food restaurant is once again operating at 3919 Gilmer Road in Longview’s Spring Hill area.

Benis Mexican Restaurant opened a couple of weeks ago in the building most recently occupied by Panther Pizza. It also previously was home to a Tele’s Mexican Restaurant.

Benis owner Silvio Reneria said he previously worked for Tele’s. Reneria, with one of his employees acting as a translator, said he opened his first restaurant in Kilgore in November 2020, after he and some other Tele’s employees lost their jobs during the pandemic. He opened his second location for him, on Gilmer Road, a couple of weeks ago.

Menu items include house specialties such as catfish jalisco and taco catfish, Camerons squash with Gulf shrimp, Benis seafood relleno and carne asada. Several varieties of fajitas are available, and Benis’ dinners offer a variety of enchiladas, burritos and tacos, along with stuffed poblano and chimichangas. Dessert offerings consist of fried ice cream, flan, fried cheesecake, apple pie and sopapillas.

Benis Mexican Restaurant is open 11 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9 :30 pm Friday and Saturday and 11 am-8 pm Sunday.

CEFCO opens new store

Temple-based CEFCO opened the first of two new convenience stores in Longview this past week.

Customers have started using the gas station at the northeast corner of Eastman Road and Cotton Street, and one at the southeast corner of HG Mosley and Bill Owens parkways appeared to be nearing completion as well.

The stores include the new CEFCO kitchens that serve food made fresh on site, such as the store’s “signature hand-breaded chicken tenders, as well as made-to-order burritos, bowls, and tacos. Additionally, these CEFCO Kitchen stores will be supported by our feature-rich mobile app and other innovative digital solutions designed to further enhance the customer experience,” an earlier statement from the company said.

Diesel fueling is also available at the Eastman Road location, which is also advertising that it has ethanol-free gas.

CEFCO was established in 1952 by Clarence Edison Fikes when he opened a Texaco station in Cameron. Later, his son, James, became CEO after CE Fikes’ death. Raymond Smith later joined James Fikes as chief operating officer and is company president today.

The company has grown over the years through construction and acquisitions to include more than 200 stores in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

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