What is going on at RDJ Shell Station In Great Meadows.

Went by RDJ Shell Station in Great Meadows today all the gas pumps were blocked off and shut down.A large excavator is parked near the station building.


Sounds like underground tank upgrades or replacements if I had to guess


Sadly, Roy Sargeant, owner, passed away this weekend.

Golf Gal Golf Gal
June 1st

R.I.P. Roy


Oh no. I am so sad to hear this news. RIP Mr. Sargeant. I'm bummed he was the best.

auntiel auntiel
June 1st

Very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Sargeant.When I stopped in the station he was good to talk with.He liked to talk about the history of the Great Meadows and Vienna area.He would also talk about playing football on Chot Morrison's Hackettstown High School Championship teams.My condolences to his family.


There is a big sign saying pump/ tank remodeling


Thanks are being replaced. Mrs. Sargeant told me that she hopes to have the store opened next Tuesday, if I remember correctly.

magpie magpie
June 3rd

Roy was a great person to talk with. Always willing to have a conversation and very knowledgeable about the history of the area. He's one of those people that are so a part of the community its like a building being removed. He will always be remembered by his friends. My sincere condolences to his family.

Boobalaa Boobalaa
June 3rd

RIP Roy. I did not know you personally but your store and station are icons to the Great Meadows/Independence community.

Big Al Big Al
June 4th

In 1993 I bought a new F-150 at Kneckle Ford in Hackettstown. My salesman was Roy Sargeant. Would that be the same man? He was very nice and very helpful.

Walker Walker
June 4th

That would have been his son


Thank you!

Walker Walker
June 4th

The deli is back open at RDJ.All other construction work seems to have ceased.


Re: What is going on at RDJ Shell Station In Great Meadows.

Looks like all the concrete around the pumps has been removed. A tank inspection company is there today, I would guess in preparation for some sort of installation for a new system, either with the pumps or the tanks.I am thinking something with the pumps, as the tanks are over to the far right of the property, not where they dug up.

Also, too bad for the guys working there to lose their jobs during an already rough economic time. Most seemed like they were there for a long time and seemed to enjoy working there.

I wonder if this job was on the radar before the owner passed away.

The Rhyme Animal The Rhyme Animal
3 weeks ago

I like going there. I don't know why. Friendly, talkative faces might be it. I know it's not the selections, so I think I stop when I can to keep it local and chit chat. I like personal service I guess. I am so, so sorry to hear he passed away. He will definitely be missed.

DogDayAfternoon
3 weeks ago

Good Afternoon,
I would like to answer a few questions being posted about RDJ's. As many of you all know, my dad unexpectedly passed away last week. He was a wonderful, hard working, father, husband and grandfather. He lived in Great Meadows his entire life.

As you can see, Roy's wish was to remodel the gas station with new tanks and pumps to better service his customers. This project has been in the works for over a year. It's very sad that he passed just before the start of the project. But rest assured, I'm videoing it and showing him in heaven. I'm sure he is looking down.

His employees are being taken care of. They did not lose their jobs. You may stop in and see them very busy cleaning and working in the deli.

The deli will remain open for limited hours during the 7 week gas station project.

Thank you all for your well wishes and sharing many memories of my dad over the past week.

Best wishes,
Judy Williams

Judy WIlliams Judy WIlliams
3 weeks ago

Does anyone know when the pumps expect to reopen?

Lisa wein Lisa wein
1 week ago

Looks like they are now totally immersed in the project, all pumps are moved to the side of the lot, everything is dug up. I am going to guess another 2 weeks, but only a guess.

The Rhyme Animal The Rhyme Animal
1 week ago

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