New Convenience-Store Roundup for March 2018

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 March 2018.

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.

  • Click here for new c-store roundups from previous months, along with other grand-opening and new-store coverage. Click here for other M&A activity in March 2018.

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

  • Click here to view the Top 202 C-Store Chains for 2017. And click here for an updated year-end ranking.

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

Click through for a state-by-state breakdown …

Arizona

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Alimentation Couche-Tard opened a new, 5,811-square-foot Circle K c-store in Camp Verde, Ariz., on March 23. The same day, Circle K also closed a nearby c-store.

Net new stores*: 0

*Represents stores opened minus stores closed in this state for the month of this count only. Other c-stores not captured by this count may have opened or closed in the state.

Arkansas

caseys general store

Casey’s General Stores opened new c-stores in Clinton, Ark., on March 15 and Batesville, Ark., on March 29.    

Net new stores: 2

California

chukchansi crossing fuel & travel center

The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians opened the Chukchansi Crossing Fuel Station & Travel Center in Coarsegold, Calif., on March 21 adjacent to the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.

Net new stores: 1

Colorado

kum & go brighton colorado

Kum & Go opened a new, 6,000-square-foot c-store in Brighton, Colo., on March 8.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                              

Florida

wawa

Wawa opened a new c-store in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 22.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                               

Illinois

casey's general store

Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Andalusia, Ill., on March 8.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                              

Indiana

casey's general store

Casey’s General Stores opened new c-stores in Seymour, Ind., on March 1; Peru, Ind., on March 8; and Brookston, Ind., on March 23.

Net new stores: 3

Kansas

casey's general store

Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Overbrook, Kan., on March 29.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                              

Kentucky

loves travel stop & country store

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new travel stop in Elizabethtown, Ky., on March 15. The 24-hour location features an Arby’s restaurant, laundry, 63 truck parking spaces, five showers and eight diesel fuel pumps. It also offers a Love’s Truck Tire Care facility.

Casey’s General Stores opened new c-stores in Franklin, Ky., on March 16 and Providence, Ky., on March 30.

Net new stores: 3

Louisiana

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Popingo's opened a new c-store in Napoleonville, La., on March 2.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                              

Maryland

high's story

A new High’s of Baltimore c-store opened on March 23 in Millersville, Md. The 4,800-square-foot store is a 24-hour operation and has 12 fueling positions.

Net new stores: 1

Michigan

loves capac michigan

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new travel stop in Capac, Mich., on March 22. The 12,000-square-foot facility is open 24/7 and features Chester’s Chicken and McDonald’s restaurants. It has 104 truck parking spots, seven showers, laundry and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center.

Net new stores: 1

Minnesota

caseys general store

Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Ortonville, Minn., on March 1.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                              

Missouri

caseys general store

Casey’s General Stores opened new c-stores in Buffalo, Mo., on March 8 and Winfield, Mo., on March 15.

Buchanan Energy opened a new Bucky’s Travel Plaza on March 23 in St. Joseph, Mo.

Net new stores: 3                                                                                                                                                                                              

New York

cumberland farms

Cumberland Farms opened new c-stores in Milton, N.Y., on March 21 and Stephentown, N.Y., on March 28.

QuickChek opened a new c-store in March in Copiague, N.Y. The 6,929-square-foot location will feature eight gasoline pumps.

Net new stores: 3

North Carolina

sheetz morrisville north carolina

Sheetz opened a new c-store in Morrisville, N.C., on March 1.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                              

North Dakota

casey's general store

Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Fargo, N.D., on March 29.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                              

Ohio

casey's general store

Casey’s General Stores opened new c-stores in Ottawa, Ohio, and New Lebanon, Ohio, on March 2.

Martin & Bayley opened a new Huck’s c-store in Beaver Dam, Ohio, at the Western Kentucky Parkway Travel Center rest area on March 16. The 24-hour location also features a Godfather’s Pizza Express unit.

Net new stores: 3

Oklahoma

loves wynnewood oklahoma

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new travel stop in Wynnewood, Okla., on March 1. The 4,000-square-foot facility is open 24/7 and features Godfather's Pizza and Subway restaurants.

Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Pocola, Okla., on March 15.

Net new stores: 2

Pennsylvania

royal farms

Royal Farms opened a new, 5,400-square-foot c-store in Lancaster, Pa., on March 19.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                              

Tennessee

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Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Union City, Tenn., on March 9.

Tri Star Energy opened a newTwice Daily c-store, its 50th, in Franklin, Tenn., on March 21. It features an integrated White Bison Coffee shop.

A new 76 gas station opened in Athens, Tenn., on March 23.

Net new stores: 3

Texas

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Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Falfurrias, Texas, in early March. It features 10 gasoline fueling positions and six diesel lanes, PJ Fresh fast-casual food offerings, a Dunkin' Donuts with drive-thru, Western Union, a driver’s lounge and CAT Scale.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new travel stop in Denton, Texas, on March 8. The 14,000-square-foot facility is open 24/7 and features Subway, Wendy’s and Godfather’s Pizza restaurants. It offers 85 truck parking spots, eight showers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center.

Allsup’s Convenience Stores opened a new c-store in O’Donnell, Texas, on March 9.

Net new stores: 3

Virginia

pilot flying j

Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Suffolk, Va., in early March. It features 10 gasoline fueling positions and six diesel lanes, PJ Fresh fast-casual food offerings, a Dunkin' Donuts with drive-thru, Western Union, a driver’s lounge and CAT Scale.

Net new stores: 1

 

Wisconsin

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Ken Gobel, 81, turned over his Ellison Bay, Wis., full-service Petrol gas station to new owners Vaughn and Jorrie Simmons on March 29 after nearly 43 years.

Net new stores: 0

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR MARCH 2018: 38

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2018: 84

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