ROULEAU, Sask. — A Saskatchewan businessman has reached an agreement with the production company that made the hit TV show “Corner Gas” to fix up the condition of the site.
“We will supply some materials and labour to get the site set up so it would look like it was back during production time,” said Mark Westrum, owner of Westrum Lumber in Rouleau, Sask.
The town stood in for the fictional community of Dog River.
Town officials have complained that the exterior set for the show’s filling station has fallen into disrepair since production ended last fall and tourists are disgusted.
The show’s producers say the filling station was designed as a set, not as a tourist destination, and it would be expensive to renovate.
Under the agreement, Westrum says they’ll put in acrylic plastic where the windows have been boarded up, and put up a Corner Gas sign, a Ruby Cafe sign and gas pumps.
Westrum says at least visitors will be able to take pictures of the outdoor set, which will be exactly the way it was during production.
The businessman says he hopes this gets rid of the negative publicity his town is experiencing.
The Saskatchewan government is holding a meeting Tuesday to talk about the potential development of the site.