Open & Shut: 2-8-2010

Station, c-store, truckstop openings, closings, rebrandings around the nation


Owners Minhaz and Dilshad Lakhani opened a Shell station and c-store, in Evanston, in mid-January, reported The Evanston Review. It is a 17-position facility that will include Dunkin Donuts and Subway shops. It is their second station.

A new Express Drive-Thru c-store in Mattoon opened in late December, said The Journal Gazette & Times-Courier. The interior is designed to accommodate three vehicles at once. Manager Randy Jones said some of the most popular items purchased have included milk, eggs, diapers, and cough drops, as well as packaged breakfast pastries and lunch meat, bread, canned soup and tuna, dry pasta, cottage cheese, butter, bags of ice, trash bags and windshield washer fluid.


The Shortstop gas station in Warsaw closed in early January, but is expected to reopen, reported The Times-Union, citing Tony Silveus, the Sunoco representative and supplier in the area. There is no timetable on when it may open back up for business. He said several people are interested in operating the station and he is meeting with them. He added that the building will undergo some changes, including improvements to electronic equipment. The store will undergo a facelift, he said. The canopy and gas pumps will have new graphics applied; the location will be will be NASCAR-themed.


Kum & Go LC, West Des Moines, opened a new store in Riverside on January 15, the company said on Twitter.

A new Casey's General Store opened in late January in Emmetsburg, reported The Emmetsburg Reporter/Democrat.

A new 3,720-sq.-ft. Casey's General Store, is due to open in Huxley in February, Bill Walljasper, CFO for the Ankeny-based chain, told The Tribune. He said the old station and store were demolished last fall. New fuel tanks were placed in the ground, serving five gasoline pumps on the site. An existing Casey's store in Ames recently expanded from 2,457 to 3,470 square feet. Walljasper said the company bought a 21,455-sq.-ft. site next to the existing store and increased the number of gasoline pumps from four to six.

La Crosse, Wis.-basedKwik Trip Inc.opened a Kwik Star location in Charles City in early January, the company said on Twitter.

Two Road Ranger locations in Dubuque are now Gas N Go Food Marts, under local ownership, reported The Telegraph Herald.

Virgil Gingerich, owner of Virgil's Sinclair & Repair, closed his doors and moved his equipment to a new location, reopening only the repair shop on February 1, said The West Branch Times. "We're definitely a dying breed," Gingerich said of the full-service gas station. He sold his last gallon of gasoline on January 15.


In early February, Dallas-based Evolution Fuels Inc. announced, as part of its strategic alliance, it has executed a second lease agreement with J&J Developments Inc. for a fuel station located in Topeka. The station has five multi-product blending dispensers that will each provide E20 (20% ethanol/80% gasoline), E30, and E85 blended products, as well as regular and premium gasoline. There is also a diesel dispenser that will offer a blended biodiesel product.


Mack Lanham, 71, shuttered Lanham's Service Station in Corbin on December 31, reported The Times Tribune. The closure marks the start of Lanham's retirement as well as the retirement of his sole employee, Robert Thomas, 70. Lanham owned and operated the all-full-service station for 44 years.


RaceTrac opened a new store in Hammond in early January, the Atlanta-based company said on Facebook


The Sconticut Neck c-store that closed after a lengthy employee theft case will be reopening with a new owner, said in early January. David D. Donnelly said he is buying the assets of Paula P's c-store from former owner Paula Pires and is negotiating a lease with the building owner. The new store will be called Molly's Variety after his daughter. Donnelly will manage the 1,500-sq.-ft. store. Other than some interior painting, he does not intend to make many changes.