Open & Shut: 11-16-2009
Additional c-store, station openings, closings, sales from around the country
A Farragut business owner closed the doors of his car wash/gas station/c-store in October, leaving behind an almost $1,000 tab, reported The Farragut Press. Calibur Car Wash, at the center of controversy regarding stormwater ordinance violations, was levied $950 in civil penalties in August. A sign posted on the business's gasoline pumps stated: "Due to updating gas equipment, we cannot sell gas at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank You MGT." The furniture and equipment from inside the c-store has been removed, as has all signage. Owner Mike Thomas said, "I've cleared up a dump right in the center of Farragut. I spent a substantial amount of money on a sore spot," Thomas told Farragut's Board of Mayor & Aldermen in August. "People come inand make a city dump out of it, and I get crucified for cleaning it up." He also said he might pursue legal action.
Commuters in the Stockdale area have another venue to buy fuel or just to pick up something to eat. The former Chevron store in the Stockdale area opened for business again in late September, said The Wilson County News. It is operating as the Brahma Bullpen. Owner Donald Bennett has nine years of experience managing another c-store. He decided to venture out on his own to reopen the Chevron station. The store features a deli, offering hamburgers and sandwiches, as well as breakfast tacos made with fresh homemade tortillas and salsa.
A gas station and garage will reopen this month under new ownership after being vacant for more than a year. A Port Angeles Shell station reopened this week with full service at the pumps and a fully operational garage, its new owner, Paul Lewis, told The Peninsula Daily News. Lewis, who also owns Quality Builders in Sequim, said he intends the station to be like the one he worked at as a teenager, with employees filling the tanks and checking tire pressure and oil. "It's just an extra service," he said. "I'll try not to charge extra for it."
Vandervert Construction Inc., Spokane, won a contract to build a $1 million gas station in Spokane for Fred Meyer Stores, and started work on the project site in late September near the Portland, Ore.-based retail chain's outlet in the East Central neighborhood, said The Spokane Journal of Business.
Tribal members opened the first Tulalip-owned gas station in mid-October, reported The Daily Herald. The station was on the wish list of many tribal members for years, said Teresa Meece, events manager at Quil Ceda Village. The tribes finally came up with the funds this year and went ahead with the project. The tribe expects to save money by fueling their own fleet. Almost 100 vehicles are used for tribal business, including police cars, garbage trucks and maintenance vehicles. Tribal members also will receive a 20-cent discount per gallon at the new station, she said. The Tulalip Tribes Chevron is equipped with eight pumps, 16 dispensers and a payment kiosk. Additional pumps are in the works, and a 1,000-sq.-ft. c-store is expected to be open by the end of 2010. A car wash also may be built later. Five tribal members are working at the station. By the time the project is complete, the station is expected employ more than 30, including part-time employees.
Beckley-based Little General opened a new c-store in Fayetteville in early October, it said on Twitter.
Kwik Trip Inc. opened a new c-store in Elkhorn on October 22, the La Crosse-based retailer said on Twitter.
Please send your store openings and related announcements to Greg Lindenberg at [email protected].