New Convenience-Store Roundup for October 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 October 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.)

  • Click here for new c-store roundups from previous months, along with other grand-opening and new-store coverage.

Many of the stores listed here are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains. And many are 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.

Click through for a state-by-state breakdown …

Alabama

Murphy USA staff

Murphy USA opened a new c-store in Dothan, Ala., on Oct. 23.

Net new stores*: 1

*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.

Arizona

Circle K Phoenix

In October, Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors completed the sale of a single-tenant net-leased retail property occupied by Circle K in Phoenix, Ariz., for $1.3 million to a private investor.

Net new stores: 0

California

7-Eleven Bakersfield

In October, Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors completed the sale of three 7-Eleven properties in California in separate transactions for a combined value of $9.13 million. It sold a Los Angeles property for $4.395 million to a private investor, a San Diego property for $1.9 million to a private investor and a Bakersfield property for $2.835 million to a family trust.

Net new stores: 0

Colorado

Murphy USA

Murphy USA opened new c-stores in Elizabeth, Colo., on Oct. 2 and Firestone, Colo., on Oct. 30.

Net new stores: 2

Connecticut

Cumberland Farms

Cumberland Farms opened a new 5,000-square-foot c-store in New Milford, Conn., in early October. It features 10 fueling stations.

Net new stores: 1

Florida

Wawa

Wawa opened a new c-store in Parkland, Fla., on Oct. 5. The chain celebrated the grand opening of its first c-store in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 12.

Murphy USA opened a new c-store in Fort Myers, Fla., on Oct. 18.

Net new stores: 3

Illinois

Ricky Rockets Fuel Center

A new Ricky Rockets Fuel Center held a grand opening on Oct. 13 in Midlothian, Ill. It features a full Ozzie's deli, car wash and 24-hour gaming, 14 fuel dispensers, an electric-vehicle charging station, three truck diesel lanes and parking for truck drivers.

Murphy USA opened a new c-store in Joliet, Ill., on Oct. 23.

Net new stores: 2

Indiana

Murphy USA

Murphy USA opened a new c-store in Lebanon, Ind., on Oct. 2.

Net new stores: 1

Iowa

casey's marquette iowa

Kwik Trip opened a 9,000-square-foot Kwik Star c-store on Oct. 19 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Casey’s General Stores opened a new, 3,400-aquare-foot c-store in Marquette, Iowa, on Oct. 19, replacing a smaller Casey’s location closed since July.

Net new stores: 2

Kentucky

Murphy USA

Murphy USA opened a new c-store in Elizabethtown, Ky., on Oct. 2.

Net new stores: 1

Maine

Cumberland Farms

Cumberland Farms held the grand opening for a new c-store in Sanford, Maine, on Oct. 3. The 4,794-square-foot space offers kiosk ordering terminals, interior high-top bar counters, outdoor patio seating, four fueling pumps and 26 parking spaces.

Net new stores: 1

Maryland

Dash In

Wills Group opened a new Dash In c-store in Glen Burnie, Md., on Oct. 31. The 3,400-square-foot location includes a Splash In Eco Car Wash and features the chain’s new chef-driven, made-to-order Craveable menu.

Net new stores: 1

Minnesota

Kwik Trip Minnesota

A Rochester, Minn., Cenex c-store and gas station closed in October because it is being sold to a neighboring business, Joe's Auto and Tire.

Kwik Trip celebrated the grand opening of a new c-store in in Carlton, Minn., in early October. Also, a new, larger-format Kwik Trip c-store opened in Kasson, Minn., on Oct. 19. The 4.3-acre gas station is across the road from an existing Kwik Trip. The company has not announced plans for the existing location. The new store has more parking, 10 fuel dispensers and three diesel lanes, as well as a drive-through car wash and five cash registers.

Net new stores: 1

Nebraska

Anderson Convenience Market

The Anderson Convenience Market held a grand opening on Oct. 20, in Omaha, Neb. The new, 4,000-square-foot store was built on the same site that the company, Anderson Food Shops, operated as a BP gas station. It is the first location for the company that will be branded with the Anderson name.

Net new stores: 1

New Hampshire

7-Eleven sign

A former Tedeschi’s Food Shop in Dover, N.H., reopened on Oct. 31 as a 7-Eleven c-store.

Net new stores: 0

New Jersey

Heritage's Dairy Store

The Heritage family has opened a new Heritage's Dairy Store in West Deptford, N.J., on Oct. 10, 60 years to the day it opened its first c-store in 1957. It now has 33 locations.

QuickChek opened a 5,496-square-foot c-store in Brick Township, N.J., on Oct. 10. It opened a nearly 5,500-square-foot c-store in Toms River, N.J., on Oct. 31.

Net new stores: 3

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New York

Stewart’s Shops

Stewart’s Shops opened new c-stores in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Charlton, N.Y., on Oct. 6 and in Schuylerville, N.Y., on Oct. 29.

Net new stores: 3

North Carolina

Han-Dee Hugo’s

Murphy USA opened a new c-store in Cameron, N.C., on Oct. 2.

The Woodshack General Store opened on Oct. 14 in Shelby, N.C.

Han-Dee Hugo’s opened a new c-store in Kinston, N.C., on Oct. 16

Net new stores: 3

Oklahoma

Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new travel stop in Newcastle, Okla., on Oct. 20. It features Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. It has as 48 truck parking spaces, five showers and laundry facilities. An on-site casino, operated by the Chickasaw Nation, will open later this year.

Murphy USA opened a new c-store in Lawton, Okla., on Oct. 30.

Net new stores: 2

Oregon

Sinclair

Hattenhauer Distributing converted a 76 gas station in Hermiston, Ore., to the Sinclair brand in early October.

Net new stores: 0

Pennsylvania

Snappy's

DJ’s Foreign & Domestic Services, a gas station in New Berlin, Pa., closed on Oct. 1 after more than 40 years. “We’re dinosaurs,” owner D.J. Mapes said. “There aren’t too many independent repair shops or full-service gas stations around anymore.”

Snappy’s opened a new 2,500-square-foot c-store in Milesburg, Pa., on Oct. 11.

Iron Hill Food, Fuel & Spirits, a new c-store and Sunoco gas station, opened in October in Canaan Township, Pa.

Net new stores: 1

South Carolina

Murphy USA

Murphy USA opened a new c-store in Bennettsville, S.C., on Oct. 2.

Net new stores: 1

Texas

Jack’s Convenience Stores

Murphy USA opened new c-stores in Pharr, Texas, on Oct. 2, Plano, Texas, on Oct. 13, and Cedar Park, Texas, on Oct. 23

A Corner Store c-store opened in Dallas on Oct. 5.

Jack’s Convenience Stores opened a new location in San Angelo, Texas, in late October.

Net new stores: 5

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR OCTOBER 2017: 35

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2017: 292

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