New Convenience-Store Roundup for April 2018

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 April 2018.

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.

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

Many of the stores listed here are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains. And many (listed in bold) are part of CSP’s Top 202 list of the largest chains in the industry. Some represent new entrepreneurs and some are industry veterans, while others are longtime business owners exiting the industry.

  • Click here to view the Top 202 C-Store Chains for 2017. And click here for an updated year-end ranking.

Unless otherwise noted, 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 …

Arkansas

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Big Red Stores opened a new convenience store in Maumelle, Ark., on April 23. It includes touchless bathrooms, fresh-made items such as fruit, pizza and burgers, f’real milkshakes and more new additions.

Casey’s General Stores opened new convenience stores in Mansfield, Ark., on April 12 and Heber Springs, Ark., on April 26.

Net new stores*: 2

*Represents stores opened minus stores closed in this state for the month of this count only. Other c-stores not captured by this count may have opened or closed in the state.

California

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The Goods Mart, a health-focused c-store, opened in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles in mid-April. The merchandise mix includes 300 products with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners; no growth hormones or hormone disruptors; only humanely raised animal proteins that are nitrate-, antibiotic- and GMO-free; no harmful pesticides; reduced use of plastics (BPA-free only); exclusively organic cottons; and more.

Net new stores: 1

Colorado

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Kum & Go opened a new, 6,000-square-foot c-store in Colorado Springs, Colo., on April 19.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                

Connecticut

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Cumberland Farms held the grand opening of a new c-store in Centerbrook, Conn., on April 23.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                

Florida

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Wawa opened a new c-store in Lauderhill, Fla., in Broward County on April 12.

Cumberland Farms held the grand opening for a new c-store in Palm Bay, Fla., on April 26. In addition to new architectural features and a modernized layout, the 4,928-square-foot store in Palm Bay offers several new food and beverage options, including smoothies, frozen espresso and milkshakes, as well as specialty coffee drinks such as espresso, cappuccino and lattes. The expanded food menu features a variety of specialty items, including ciabatta sandwiches, frittatas, melts and macaroni and cheese, all of which can be ordered on self-service terminals.

Net new stores: 2

Georgia

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QuikTrip opened new c-stores in Norcross, Ga., on April 13 and in Sandy Springs, Ga., on April 19.

Net new stores: 2

Illinois

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Casey’s General Stores opened new c-stores in Cambria, Ill., on April 12 and North Utica, Ill., on April 19.

April 13 was the last day in business for the family-owned Goding’s full-service Marathon gas and service station in Aurora, Ill. The new owner will run the business as a gas station and c-store.

Net new stores: 2

Indiana

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Casey’s General Stores opened new c-stores in Indiana. The new sites are in Lynnville, Ind., which opened April 5; Decatur, Ind., on April 6; Washington, Ind., on April 12; Rushville, Ind., on April 13; Bremen, Ind., on April 20; Valparaiso, Ind., on April 20; Scottsburg, Ind., on April 26; Shelburn, Ind., on April 27; and another store in Valparaiso, Ind., on April 27.

Net new stores: 9

Iowa

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Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Sioux City, Iowa, on April 19.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                               

Kansas

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Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Olathe, Kan,, on April 5, Lenexa, Kan., on April 26 and Lakin, Kan., on April 27

Net new stores: 3

Kentucky

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Little General opened a new c-store in Benton, Ky., on April 17.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                

Maryland

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Wawa opened a new c-store in the Loch Raven Commons development in Towson, Md., on April 18.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                

 

Michigan

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Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Watervliet, Mich., on April 13

Alpina Oil opened Louie’s Fresh Market, a 9,000-square-foot convenience and grocery store, on April 23 in Boyne City, Mich. It offers fresh meats and produce, a deli, grocery items and gasoline.

Meijer opened a new, 24-hour gas station and c-store in Marquette, Mich., on April 26.

Net new stores: 3

Missouri

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Casey’s General Stores opened new c-stores six Missouri locations: St. Robert, Mo., on April 5; Wardsville, Mo., on April 6; Washington, Mo., on April 12; Brookfield, Mo., on April 12; Warsaw, Mo., on April 19; and New London, Mo., on April 26.

Net new stores: 6

New Mexico

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Hurley Gateway Plaza, offering Conoco fuel, opened in Hurley, N.M., on April 2. The facility also offers a restaurant, c-store, storage units and motel. 

Net new stores: 1

New York

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QuickChek opened a new c-store in Copiague, N.Y., on Long Island on April 10.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                

North Carolina

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QuikTrip opened a new c-store in Charlotte, N.C., on April 12.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Oklahoma

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Casey’s General Stores opened seven new c-stores in Oklahoma. They are in Owasso, Okla., opened April 12; Enid, Okla., on April 13; Spiro, Okla., on April 19; and four stores in Jay, Okla.Collinsville, Okla.Pawhuska, Okla., and Pona City, Okla., on April 26.

Net new stores: 7

Pennsylvania

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Wawa opened a new c-store in Philadelphia on April 12.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                

South Carolina

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Parker’s opened a new c-store on Lady’s Island, S.C., on April 24. The new store offers a full-service Parker’s Kitchen with extended foodservice hours from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Net new stores: 1

Tennessee

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Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Johnsonville, Tenn., on April 27.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                

Texas

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QuikTrip opened a new c-store in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 13.

Net new stores: 1                                                                                                                                                                                

Wisconsin

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Junction Station, a Cenex gas station and c-store in Milton, Wis., closed on April 27. Previously, it was Bob’s CITGO Mini Mart. John and Ellen Kjendlie had owned the business for more than 12 years. They are turning their focus to their lawn care and deck restoration business.

Net new stores: -1

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR APRIL 2018: 48

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2018: 132

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