Open & Shut: 2-8-2010

Station, c-store, truckstop openings, closings, rebrandings around the nation

New Jersey

Morris Plains Convenience & Gas Stationopened for business January 1, it said on Facebook.

Portola Valley's only gas station has a new owner. Dieter Mees will run the station with his son Helmut. Mees bought the station and the shop on January 15 from longtime owner and onsite resident Ron Ramies. "The goal is not to change anything," Mees told The Almanac. Some changes are likely at the station. The new owners are looking for suggestions from customers as to what should be done with the two unused bays. The current idea is to use one for a hand car wash and the other for auto detailing.

North Carolina

Mountain Energy Corp., Asheville, has replaced its former store in Asheville with a new facility. It featuress Shell gasoline and a DQ Grill & Chill, which offers burgers, fries, hot dogs and the full line of DQ soft-serve treats.

Mid-Town Dixie Express & Fuel is replacing Hunt's Easy Mart in Ashboro. Lee Davidson, who owns Dixie Express and Dixie Fuels, is currently refurbishing the building with hopes of opening for business in the middle of February, said McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. The foodservice menu will be expanded with salads, specialty sandwiches and other new items available besides just hamburgers, hot dogs and milk shakes. Mid-Town will also be serving breakfast, including biscuits and other choices. There will be limited seating. It will continue to offer drive-thru service. The c-store is expected to offer more groceries than before, perhaps to include produce.

A Stop & Go station in Washington reopened in mid-January, said The The Washington Daily News. A fire destroyed much of the interior of the station in late October 2009. Two years ago, a fire was started at the same station that was investigated as arson, but fire official said there was no connection.

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc. is expected to open two and possibly three stores in Rocky Mount, said The Rocky Mount Telegram. Two of the three have cleared permitting hurdles. Opening dates have not been announced. Plans call for seven gasoline pumps and a car wash at each location.


Broadstone Real Estate LLC, Rochester, N.Y., said on January 5 that Broadstone Net Lease Inc. recently acquired one ampm convenience store in Mayfield Heights.

After delays in 2008 and 2009, plans are firm to build the $6 million travel center at Conneaut's Route 7/I-90 interchange. "Construction could start in late March or early April," Oklahoma City-based Love Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. spokesperson Christina Dukeman told The Star Beacon. The store is expected to open in the fall. The center will contain a c-store, pump islands for trucks and passenger vehicles, and two fast-food restaurants: McDonald's and a Subway.


Gurjit and Kanwaljit Mann, who bought a Uni-Marts store in 2005, in Susquehanna Township, filed for Ch. 7 bankruptcy on November 10, listing assets of $694,000 and liabilities of $2.5 million, said The Central Penn Business Journal. The Manns were evicted from the store Feb. 26, 2009, and have defaulted on the $1.2 million loan they used to buy it. State College-based Uni-Marts LLC filed for Ch. 11 protection in May 2008, owing more than $28 million to its top 30 creditors. The Manns overpaid for the business and the rent paid to Uni-Marts, attorney Bob May, who represented them when they challenged their eviction, told the paper. May said he has had about 10 clients who owned Uni-Marts, and only one has not closed or gone bankrupt.

A GetGo fuel and c-store in Pittsburg reopened in mid-December after being remodeled, reported KDKA-TV. The new facility is 5,600 sq. ft. and is part of the Baum-Center Corridor revitalization that links the East End with Oakland and downtown. It features 16 fuel pumps with four biodiesel pumps.

The closure of a Turkey Hill c-store in late January in Carlisle, Pa., was "a financial decision," Erin Dimitriou Smith, a spokesperson for Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. division Turkey Hill, told The Sentinel. The store is the only franchise slated to close. "We are still very committed to the market and community," she said, stressing that "employees will not lose their jobs, but will have the option to transfer to other locations." A woman who answered the phone at the store on Tuesday told the paper that a manager walked in and announced the closing to surprised employees at 6:00 a.m.