Open & Shut: 2-7-2011

The where, when and why behind recent station, store openings, closings nationwide

Greg Lindenberg, Editor, CSP

North Carolina

After sitting dormant for several years, a new c-store and gas station--Water Works Grocery, Bait & Tackle--opened in December near Lake Reidsville, said The store has been given a facelift with new floors and rock-patterned walls. It offers 24/7 pay-at-the-pump gasoline and free air pumps outside. Inside the store is an ATM, as well as free popcorn and free coffee for customers. When spring gets closer, the store will also offer bait and tackle, said store manager Christina Gionelli.

Sparky's Marketplace, a new gas station, c-store and car wash being developed by Hill Oil Co., will open in April, said The Dispatch. It will offer E85 and either E30 or E15, as well as two grades of biodiesel fuel, B5 and B20, in addition to regular Gulf-brand gasoline. It is part of a larger Alternative Fuel/Advanced Vehicle Technology project administered by the N.C. Solar Center's Clean Transportation Program with funding from the N.C. Department of Commerce State Energy Division. The 15-month, $500,000 initiative is funded through the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act to jumpstart six clean transportation projects around the state. Sparky's was one of two projects that includes the development of alternative fuel stations.

North Dakota

A new Love's Travel Stop & Country Store opened in Fargo on November 18, reported INFORUM. According to company spokesperson Jenny Love Meyer, the new location is different from most Love's stores, which are located on east-west interstates, and this is the first on I-29, she said. The site also features a McDonald's and Subway.


The Friendship Sunoco station in Port Clinton was sold February 1, Dennis Peters, a manager at Fremont-based Beck Suppliers Inc., which sold the business, told The Port Clinton News Herald. It closed for the day. The sale of the gas station and food store will not include the adjacent car wash, Peters said. "But we're still going to promote the pair together." He said the station will continue selling gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene. Beck Suppliers operates about 20 food stores and gas stations in northwest Ohio. It also operates a large propane, heating oil and petroleum lubricants and chemicals business in the region.


A BP gas station on 2.2 acres in Hampton has been sold by Franchise USA LLC to Von Ulrig Inc., Miami, for $2.17 million, according to a deed filed in Allegheny County cited by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Franchise USA purchased the property from BP Exploration & Oil Inc. in 2007.

A Harrisburg gas station is back open a year-and-a-half after a suspicious fire burned it down, reported WHTM-TV.

In late November, Rutter's Farm Stores broke ground for a 5,200-sq.-ft. store in Greene Township, Franklin County. The 24-hour store will create 40 jobs when it opens this spring. It will be Rutter's fourth store in the county and 57th in the state. It will have six gasoline fueling positions, kerosene and diesel. Dedicated truck diesel fueling will be available behind the store. It will feature a glass, two-bay automatic carwash. The store's "green" attributes will include LED exterior lighting, skylights, computerized energy and light management and a white reflective roof. The store will have hands-free entrance doors, touch-free restrooms, seven HD TVs and a seating area for 14. Touchscreen ordering will provide access to Rutter's fresh-food menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The beverage menu will offer six flavors of frozen beverages, 16 flavors of fountain drinks, two self-serve milkshake machines and a coffee island. It will also offer a surcharge-free M&T Bank ATM and Blockbuster DVD rental kiosk.