New Convenience-Store Roundup for July 2017

By 
Greg Lindenberg, Editor, CSP

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CHICAGO -- This edition of New Convenience-Store Roundup features new c-store openings, closings and more for the month of July 2017.

The unscientifically gathered roundup—gleaned from company announcements, websites, email, social media and newspapers around the country, among other sources—is by no means complete, but it serves as a monthly competitive snapshot of newly opened or closed U.S. convenience stores, gas stations, truckstops and travel centers not previously reported in CSP Daily News. (Those stores are not counted here.)

Many of the stores listed here are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains, many part of  CSP’s Top 202 list of the largest chains in the industry. Some represent new entrepreneurs, while others are longtime business owners exiting the industry.

Unless noted otherwise, the new locations offer the food, snacks, beverages, tobacco, merchandise, services and amenities found in most c-stores. Most offer gasoline.

To be sure your locations are listed in this roundup, please send new-store announcements to Greg Lindenberg at [email protected].

Click through for a state-by-state breakdown …

California

7-Eleven

7-Eleven opened a new C-store in Westwood Village, Calif., on July 6. Franchisee Shehbaz Mattu said the store does not sell alcohol because it is not good for the community.

Allied Propane Service opened Allied Clean Fuels Plaza, a 24-hour fueling station and Circle K c-store, in Napa, Calif., on July 21. The electric-vehicle charging stations include a Tesla Supercharger capable of charging eight Tesla vehicles simultaneously in 20 minutes. There is a Chevron fuel island with three grades of gasoline, E85, diesel, renewable diesel, DEF (diesel exhaust fluid), propane Autogas, heating oil and six fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) dispensers.

Net new stores*: 2

*Represents stores opened minus stores closed in this state for the month of this count only; count does not include acquisitions, new ownership, rebranding or raze-and-rebuilds. It also does not include any store openings or closings previously reported in CSP Daily News. Other c-stores not captured by this count may have opened or closed in the state.

Colorado

Local(ish) Market

Local(ish) Market, a c-store, grab-and-go eatery and bar, opened in Denver Union Station in late July.

A 7-Eleven c-store in Salida, Colo., closed July 30.

Net new stores: 0

Connecticut

Ribbon cutting

Schraders opened a new c-store in Greenfield, Conn., on July 6.

Net new stores: 1

Florida

Wawa Pompano Beach

Murphy USA opened a new Murphy Express c-store in Fort Myers, Fla., on July 17.

Wawa opened new c-stores on July 27 in Davie and Pompano Beach, Fla., in Broward County. The 5,500-square-foot stores have 16 gas pumps.

Net new stores: 3

Illinois

Murphy Express

Murphy USA opened a new Murphy Express c-store in Bourbonnais, Ill., on July 5.

Net new stores: 1

Iowa

7-Eleven logo

A 7-Eleven c-store in Bettendorf, Iowa, closed on July 25. Previously, the location was a Mother Hubbard's Cupboard c-store and gas station; 7-Eleven removed the gas pumps when it acquired the site in 2010.

Net new stores: -1

Maine

Steve's Family Market

In July, Steve and Rhonda Jones sold Steve’s Market in Wilton, Maine, to Rhonda’s brother Roger Williams. He has changed the name to Steve's Family Market.  

Net new stores: 0

Massachusetts

Martha's Vineyard

Michael Rotondo, the owner of Airport Mobil on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., closed the gas station and car wash July 17 following a legal dispute over the lease.

Net new stores: -1

Mississippi

Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in West Point, Miss., on July 13. The 10,000-square-foot facility features an Arby’s restaurant, eight fuel pumps, 67 truck-parking spaces and five showers. Love’s also opened a new location in in Magee, Miss., on July 20. It features a Hardee’s restaurant, 66 truck-parking spaces, five showers, eight diesel fuel pumps and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center.

Net new stores: 2

Montana

Town Pump

Town Pump opened a new c-store, its 100th, in Missoula, Mont., in mid-July.

Net new stores: 1

Nebraska

Murphy USA

Murphy USA opened a new Murphy Express c-store in Lincoln, Neb., on July 31.

Net new stores: 1

Nevada

Murphy USA

Murphy USA opened a new Murphy Express c-store in North Las Vegas, Nev., on July 11.

Net new stores: 1

New York

Munchies New York

Smokers Choice opened Munchies c-stores in Albany, N.Y., on July 7, Sennett, N.Y., on July 24 and Auburn, N.Y., on July 28. The Sennett location offers Krispy Krunchy Chicken; a "dirty-water dog," a New York City-style hot dog cooked in seasoned water; Munchees, its own made-to-order grilled cheese sandwich concept; hard- and soft-serve ice cream from Gifford's; and Boyd's Coffee. It features a "beer dungeon" and The Smokers Choice tobacco products. 

Net new stores: 3

Ohio

EB Fuel Stop

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Circleville, Ohio, on July 13. The travel stop features an IHOP Express restaurant, seven showers, 101 truck-parking spaces and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center.

EB Fuel Stop in Greenville, Ohio, opened for business July 15. The fueling center offers the traditional unleaded grade and diesel automotive gasoline, in addition to E15, E30 and E85. The c-store features the Long Haul Sub Shop.

Net new stores: 2

Pennsylvania

Wawa

Bellefonte Mart, a convenience store and gas station in Bellefonte, Pa., opened on July 14, replacing a Uni-Mart store, which was gutted during a fire in 2015.

Co-owners Kuldip and Malkit Singh held the grand opening July 20 for Barry Quick Mart and gas station in Ellwood City, Pa.

Wawa opened a new c-store in Media, Pa., on July 29. It has outdoor seating and a unique building design that echoes classic trolley waiting areas. The nonfunctional “second floor” was created to meet the requirements of the Traditional Neighborhood District (TND).

Net new stores: 3

Texas

Murphy Express

Murphy USA opened new Murphy Express c-stores in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 3, Schertz, Texas, on July 10, and Cypress, Texas, also on July 10.

Net new stores: 3

Virginia

Sheetz

Sheetz opened a new c-store in Franklin County, Va., near Rocky Mount, on July 20. The site features a car wash, 24-hour dine-in seating and an ice-cream station.

Net new stores: 1

Wisconsin

Fresh2Go

Sendik’s Food Markets opened a new Fresh2Go convenience grocery store July 7 in Hales Corners, Wis. The 18,500-square-foot store will sell produce, meat, bakery and deli items. It will employ about 60 people and have gas pumps.

Net new stores: 1

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR JULY 2017: 23

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2017: 217