New Convenience Store Roundup for April 2015

Corner Store, Love’s, Kum & Go, Thorntons, Circle K, Royal Farms, QuikTrip, Wawa, Buc-ee’s, Rattlers, Sheetz, more

By 
Greg Lindenberg, Editor, CSP

Thorntons (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- This edition of New C-Store Roundup features new convenience-store openings, sales, acquisitions and store closings with listings for the month of April 2015.

The unscientifically gathered roundup is by no means complete, but serves as a monthly competitive snapshot of newly opened or closed U.S. convenience stores, gas station, truckstops and travel centers not previously reported in CSP Daily News.

Many of the stores are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains, some part of CSP's Convenience Top 101. Some of them may be your new competitors.

The list has been arranged by state. Click through each item for more details on each store.

If you would like you new stores to be listed in an upcoming edition of CSP Daily News’ monthly New Convenience Store Roundup, please send your new-store announcements, as well as any other convenience-store industry news, to Greg Lindenberg at [email protected].

Arizona

CST Brands opened a Corner Store convenience store in Phoenix on April 1.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a 12,000-square-foot travel stop in Williams, Ariz., on April 9, located at Interstate 40, Exit 163.

Arkansas

Kum & Go LC opened a 5,000-square-foot convenience store in Conway, Ark., on April 17.

California

Love's Travel Stops opened a location on Interstate 5 and State Route 12 in Lodi, Calif., on April 16.

Florida

Thorntons Inc. opened a convenience store in Palm Harbor, Fla., on April 9.

Georgia

Circle K Southeast opened a razed and rebuilt convenience store in Augusta, Ga., April 19.

Iowa

Josh Sundstrom, who bought the Martelle C-Store in March, purchased the Olin, Iowa, Kum & Go convenience store on April 29. Both locations will be renamed Sundstop.

Kum & Go opened a 5,000-square-foot razed and rebuilt convenience store in Windsor Heights, Iowa, on April 30.

Kansas

Love's Travel Stops opened its first location on Interstate 135 in McPherson, Kansas, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 56, on April 30.

Maryland

Royal Farms held the grand opening for a convenience in Salisbury, Md., on April 23. It is the company’s 25th Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) c-store. It also opened a convenience store in Glen Burnie, Md., on April 27.

Michigan

In April, after 29 years, Jeff and Jack Baker sold Baker Brothers BP in Tecumseh, Mich., to Bruce Litchford and Ken Heers, owners of Lenawee Fuels, which owns seven Perky Pantry gas station and convenience stores. Lenawee Fuels has removed the dispensers and underground storage tanks (USTs) and have not disclosed their plans for the property’

Minnesota

Pam Brand, owner of Pam's Corner in Rushford, Minn., rebranded the gas station and convenience store to Gulf in late April and is upgrading the interior.

Mississippi

Three new Sunoco gas stations opened in mid-April in Lauderdale County in Meridian, Toomsuba and in Center Hill-Collinsville in Mississippi, owned by L.J. Frugé, owner of Frugé Oil Co.

Missouri

Love's Travel Stops opened its first location on Interstate 49, at State Route 86, in Neosho, Mo., on April 23.

New Hampshire

Morin's Service Station, which has operated in Manchester, N.H., since 1931, stopped pumping gas at the end of April. Its vehicle repair garage remains open. Owner Bill Morin said it would cost between $60,000 and $80,000 to upgrade the site's fueling system so he could still pump fuel, and possibly an additional $150,000 soon after to replace a double-walled UST that is around 25 years old. "I make 10 cents a gallon and you've got to take $200,000 out of your pocket," Morin told The Union Leader. "The math's not really there."

New Jersey

Wawa Inc. announced the grand opening of its new Maple Shade, N.J., convenience store, on April 23.

New York

The Brownies gas station and convenience store in Erwin, N.Y., became a Kwik Fill/Red Apple on April 1.

The Oneida Nation opened a SavOn convenience store in Verona, N.Y., with a gaming parlor and slot machines, on April 13.

An Exxon Mobil gas station in Manhattan was sold to Yeung Real Estate Development in April.

North Carolina

QuikTrip opened a gas station and convenience store in Charlotte, N.C., on April 2. A second opened in mid-April, and a third opened at the end of the month.

Circle K Southeast opened a convenience store in Huntersville, N.C., on April 18.

Ohio

A Great Lakes Division Circle K convenience store in Chillicothe, Ohio, which had been the target of more than a dozen robberies since 2010, shut its doors in late April.

Oklahoma

QuikTrip Corp. opened a convenience store in Muskogee, Okla., on April 22-23.

South Carolina

Circle K Southeast opened a convenience store in Columbia, S.C., in early April. It also closed on the purchase in fee of a former Gullies c-store in Conway, S.C., on April 12.

Texas

Buc-ee's opened its 35th location on April 1 in Temple, Texas, on Interstate 35.

Stripes opened a convenience store in Pharr, Texas, on April 7.

Rattlers opened a 3,800-square-foot convenience store in College Station, Texas, in early April. It was one of three c-stores featured in the Tour of Texas video presentation by design firm Paragon Solutions at the 2015 Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo (see embedded video below).

Utah

Owner Kerwin Jensen opened the K.F.J. C Store convenience store, gas station and deli in Cleveland, Utah, in mid-April.

West Virginia

The Mountaineer Mart ROCS in Martinsburg, W.Va., on April 3,

Sheetz Inc. opened a convenience store in Elkins, W.Va., on April 30.

Wisconsin

The Store convenience store in Marshfield, Wis., owned by Team Schierl Cos., has undergone a remodel and added a Subway. The company held a ribbon cutting on April 29.

 

Part of CSP's 2015 Convenience Top 101 retailers