Open & Shut: 11-29-2010

A roundup of recent station and store openings, closings and more nationwide

North Carolina

An Exxon station and auto repair facility in Reidsville reopened under the new leadership of partners Steve Wallace and Tate McMillan, said in late September, after it sat dormant for the past two years. The Reidsville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially welcoming Steve Wallace Auto Service to Reidsville.

A Shell station and Tops Mart changed hands in late September, reported WWAY-TV.

Rushco Davidson Market was under construction in Davidson in late September, reported Davidson News. The planned gas station and shop is two stories, with a downstairs food market and upstairs office space. Rusher Oil Co. developers Bobby and Joey Rusher first won approval for the building about seven years ago. Their plan calls for a market, offices, gasoline pumps under a canopy and a single-story car wash.

A Sheetz store is slated to open in Wallburg in February, reported The High Point Enterprise.


Leif's Auto Collision Centers opened the Newberg Leif's Fuel & Auto Care Spa, the first of more than 30 stations planned throughout Oregon and southwest Washington, reported The Newberg Graphic. Located in a gas station that has been closed for a few years and previously bore the banners of Texaco and Shell, the Newberg location will offer retail gasoline, gourmet coffee services and auto body, maintenance and detailing services, including brakes, tires, alignments, transmission services, oil changes, collision estimates, towing and more.


Royal Farms opened a c-store, gas station and car wash in York in late September, said The York Daily record. It also plans to build a store in Wrightsville. And it will open a store near White Marsh next fall.

Rutter's Farm Stores opened a new location on October 26 in Monroe Township, Cumberland County, it announced. The 5,200-sq.-ft. store has a variety of eco-friendly attributes, including energy-saving skylights, LED exterior lights, a white reflective roof and an energy and climate control management system. Outside it has a bike rack and a recycling bin for empty bottles, cans and newspapers. The store offers fresh-food menus, touchscreen ordering, a premium-coffee island, seating and a surcharge-free M&T Bank ATM. The design includes open ceilings, floor and wall tiles and touchfree restrooms with floating ceilings, music and other upscale accents. Outside, two canopies cover 16 fueling positions for gasoline, diesel and kerosene.

The Diamond Mini Market in Berlin has undergone an extensive facelift that includes selling a new brand of gasoline, reported The Daily American. The BP sign came down in early November, to be replaced by a Valero sign. Brett Custer, of Custer Holding LCC, said the station has used BP gasoline for 15 years. The remodeling project began in February. The store now offers a sitdown area with free Wi-Fi and a new coffee bar featuring espresso, cappuccino and coffee. The lottery has been expanded. Another new feature will be a fuel discount and rewards program.

South Carolina

A new Zoomz c-store and gas station in Lexington. When completed in late November, the shop will feature six gasoline dispensers and it will be branded BP. Customers can choose from a variety of cold beverages, grocery, diary, beer, wine, healthy and beauty products. Additional services include lottery, ATM, money orders, propane and more.


SNS Properties LLC has paid $455,5000 for a 2,670-sq.-ft. c-store and Shell station in Memphis in mid-October from Summer Food Mart Inc., which had acquired it in 1997 for $500,000, said The Memphis Daily News.

MAPCO Express has sold the gas station in Memphis for $650,000 to Mutahar Sharhan, the The Memphis Daily News said. The sale closed October 13. MAPCO bought the 2,640-sq.-ft. c-store and station in 1990 for $469,812. This is MAPCO's second area sale in the past two months. The company in August sold a station for $700,000 to Roopani Properties LLC. That station includes a 2,368-sq.-ft. c-store.