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Tom Thumb Set to Open Its First C-Store

Location will serve as advance scout for supermarket

DALLAS -- Dallas grocery retailer Tom Thumb is opening its first convenience store while it builds a new supermarket. The company plans to open the 2,500-square-foot c-store with six gasoline pumps on June 20, according to a Dallas Morning News report.

The store will offer coffee, f'real milkshakes and smoothies and Icee frozen beverages, as well as standard c-store products. It will also sell fresh items—sandwiches, salads, cut fruit and hot foods ready to take home—from a nearby Tom Thumb supermarket.

The new c-store is across the street from The Gabriella, a 10-story apartment building under construction with a Tom Thumb supermarket on the street level. It will open in late 2019.

"We wanted to get our convenience store open as soon as possible to begin serving this growing area," a spokesperson for Tom Thumb told the newspaper.

The Tom Thumb grocery chain, not related to Kroger’s former Tom Thumb c-store chain, dates back to 1948. Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons LLC purchased the chain from Safeway in 2015. Tom Thumb operates 57 stores as part of the Albertsons Southern Division in North Texas.

Albertsons operates supermarkets in 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 banners, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and others, as well as the meal-kit company Plated. It also operates one Albertsons Express c-store in Boise.

Photo courtesy of bizzo_n. 

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