New Convenience-Store Roundup for June 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 June 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 recent M&A activity.

Many of the stores listed here are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains. And many 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 2018.

Unless otherwise noted, the new locations offer the food, snacks, beverages, tobacco, merchandise, services and amenities found in most c-stores. Most offer fuel.

Click through for a state-by-state breakdown …

California

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Chevron opened a new gas station and c-store in Temecula, Calif., on June 11.

Net new stores*: 1

*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.

Colorado

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Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Monument, Colo., in mid-June. It offers 12 gasoline fueling positions and eight diesel lanes, Arby’s and Dunkin’ Donuts Express restaurants, PJ Fresh fast-casual food offerings, Pilot’s Best Gourmet Coffees, Western Union, a driver’s lounge, CAT Scale, laundry facilities, five showers and 72 truck parking spaces.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesy of coolcaeser. 

Florida

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Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Lake City, Fla., on June 7. The more than 10,000-square-foot facility features a Hardee's restaurant. It has 99 truck parking spots, seven showers, laundry facilities and a Love's Truck Tire Care center.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesy of Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores. 

Georgia

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RaceTrac Petroleum opened a new c-store in Rome, Ga., on June 5. The 5,500-square-foot store will be open 24 hours a day and features a Swirl World frozen-dessert station and free Wi-Fi.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesy of Daniel Oines. 

Illinois

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Circle K opened a new c-store and gas station in Cherry Valley, Ill., on June 1.

Kelley Williamson opened a new Kelley’s Market c-store in Rockford, Ill., on June 21. The 2-acre parcel contains a 4,032-square-foot store, 14 Mobil fuel pumps under a seven-island canopy and a car wash.

Net new stores: 2

Photo courtesy of Xnatedawgx. 

Indiana

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Family Express opened a new Notre Dame-themed c-store in South Bend, Ind., on June 16. It also opened a new c-store in Mishawaka, Ind., on June 27 with flex fuel and Regular 88.

Casey's General Stores opened a new c-store on June 19 in Spiceland, Ind., offering E85.

The Junction c-store, operated by the White River Co-Op, opened in Bloomfield, Ind., on June 22. It offers CountryMark-branded fuel.

Net new stores: 4

Photo courtesy of Corey Coyle. 

Iowa

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Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in mid-June. It offers 10 gasoline fueling positions and six diesel lanes, Arby’s and Dunkin’ Donuts Express restaurants, PJ Fresh fast-casual food offerings, Pilot’s Best Gourmet Coffees, Western Union, a driver’s lounge, CAT Scale, laundry facilities, three showers and 35 truck parking spaces.

The last full-service gas station in Mason City, Iowa, closed on June 23. Wooz’s Car Wash had been open since 1972, but owner Henry Pirhonen has accepted an offer to sell the property to Kwik Trip which plans to build a Kwik Star store.

Net new stores: 0

Photo courtesy of Idawriter.

Kentucky

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In mid-June, the city of Louisville, Ky., shut down a BP gas station that reportedly has cost taxpayers more than $116,000 in emergency responses over the past year. This is the first time the city has shut a business down under a new public nuisance ordinance.

Net new stores: -1

Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart. 

Louisiana

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Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Bunkie, La., in early June. It offers eight gasoline fueling positions and eight diesel lanes, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts Express restaurants, PJ Fresh fast-casual food offerings, Pilot’s Best Gourmet Coffees, Western Union, a driver’s lounge, CAT Scale, laundry facilities, four showers and 52 truck parking spaces.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesy of Pilot. 

Massachusetts

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Global Partners opened an Alltown Markets c-store in Pittsfield, Mass., on June 27. In addition to a selection of fresh produce, it offers enhanced food and beverage options, including locally sourced product, artisan flatbread pizza, breakfast sandwiches made with cage-free eggs, all-natural chicken tenders and soda.

Pride opened a new c-store in West Springfield, Mass., on June 27.

Net new stores: 2

Michigan

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7-Eleven closed a c-store in Alma, Mich., the last week in June. The store had been open since the 1970s.

Turtle Creek Market, a new, 5,700-square-foot c-store, opened June 29 on the grounds of the Turtle Creek Casino and Resort in Williamsburg, Mich. It has eight gas pumps and a car wash. A separate, 1,600-square foot retail space is available for a tenant.

Net new stores: 0

Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart. 

Missouri

Kum & Go opened a new c-store in Ozark, Mo., on June 14. The 6,000-square foot store focuses on fresh food, with an open kitchen, and features the Go Fresh Market, indoor seating and complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesy of Ron Cogswell. 

Nevada

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Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino opened the Railroad Pass Travel Center in Henderson, Nev., on June 8. The facility features an 8,500-square-foot c-store; Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop; Chevron gas station with 20 fuel pumps, including seven diesel pumps for semitrucks; 12 Tesla charging stations; slot machines; a shower area for truckers; a truck scale; and a 2,000-gallon propane dispensing tank.

Net new stores: 1

New Jersey

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QuickChek opened a new c-store in Hackensack, N.J., on June 26 featuring its millennial-friendly concept focused on gourmet and specialty foodservice for the fast-casual consumer. The 5,500-square-foot, 24-hour store offers a soup station, charging stations, free Wi-Fi and self-checkout stations. It has six checkout lanes, four of which are self-service; it has five gas pumps to service 10 cars at a time and offers indoor and outdoor seating for up to 20 customers.

Byrne Dairy Stores opened a new c-store in Oneida, N.Y., on June 22.

Net new stores: 2

Photo courtesy of Russ Mensch/Mensch & Company Inc. 

New Mexico

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Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Las Vegas on June 28. The more than 6,000-square-foot facility features Subway and Chester's Chicken restaurants and has 32 truck parking spots, four showers and laundry facilities.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesy of Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores. 

North Carolina

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Carraway Service Station, a gas station and garage in Farmville, N.C., that offered fuel-service refueling closed its doors on June 1 after 46 years. Owner Ronald Carraway closed the station because both of his longtime mechanics will be out of work for several months for health reasons. He didn’t want to hire new mechanics. He is looking for someone to take over the space.

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Statesville, N.C., on June 7. The more than 8,000-square-foot facility offers Chester's and McDonald's restaurants. It also features 92 truck parking spots, five showers and a Love's Truck Tire Care center.

Net new stores: 0

Photo courtesy of Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores. 

Oklahoma

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Kum & Go closed a c-store in Wagoner, Okla., on June 18. Employees will move to a Muskogee, Okla., location.

Net new stores: -1

Photo courtesy of Xnatedawgx. 

Tennessee

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Weigel’s opened a new c-store in Powell, Tenn., on June 6. It features the "Weigel's Kitchen Now Open" dedicated quick foodservice kiosk at which customers can order made-to-order food items for all dayparts, as well as soft-serve ice cream and shakes. It also features no-fee ATMs.

Net new stores: 1

Texas

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Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Hempstead, Texas, in mid-June. It offers 16 gasoline fueling positions and eight diesel lanes, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts Express restaurants, PJ Fresh fast-casual food offerings, Pilot’s Best Gourmet Coffees, Western Union, CAT Scale, laundry facilities, four showers and 46 truck parking spaces.

Mountain Express Co. opened three new 76 gas stations in McAllen and Pharr, Texas, on June 15.

The Crystal Creek Gas Station, offering 76 fuel, opened in Cut and Shoot, Texas, in late June.

A 7-Eleven c-store in Smithfield, Utah, closed on June 21.

Net new stores: 4

Photo courtesy of Michael Rivera. 

Wisconsin

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Kwik Trip opened four new c-stores in Madison, Wis., in early June.

Net new stores: 4

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR JUNE 2018: 26

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2018: 185

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

Photo courtesy of Kwik Trip.