So far, 2020 has been filled with the unexpected and the unwanted.
A global pandemic has sent many into quarantine and forced us all to question exactly when things might return to normal.
But one Cheshire company found a way to bring a few smiles to people’s faces over the last few weeks, in a very unusual way. It started when Ricci Construction, a local construction company, recently unearthed a very strange-looking building, one that many residents remember fondly.
“It’s a weird building, for sure,” said John Ricci, owner of Ricci Construction. “It’s all concrete because of the low elevation.”
The building in question is the old gas station on the corner of Higgins Road and Route 10, one that hasn’t been in service for decades. Because of certain zoning stipulations at the time of its construction, the building had to be built in a way that kept it from being completely visible from Route 10.
Ricci Construction recently acquired the land and was in the process of uncovering the building and beginning its demolition when a little girl pointed out something magical.
“A friend of ours saw the building, and his daughter, who is adorable, said that the building looked like Shrek’s house,” Ricci said. “She kept making her dad drive by the gas station to see if Shrek was home, and we knew we had to lean into it.”
Ricci and his team decided to take the “Shrek” motif a little further, by erecting a full-sized Shrek sign next to the station to greet residents as they drove by.
“Our goal was to put a smile on the faces of those who were driving by, and I think we did that,” Ricci added.
While the plans for the gas station location include building seven brand-new townhouses, Ricci Construction has more immediate plans — a little surprise for those who want to remember the strange-looking building one more time.
“On Friday (Sept. 18) we are going to bring Shrek home,” Ricci said. “We are going to have Shrek available for people to come and take a picture with at his house. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
For more information about the Friday event, visit https://www.facebook.com/I-Saw-Shrek-There-117696510067898.