New Convenience Store Roundup for May 2015

CST, CEFCO, Thorntons, Love’s, 7-Eleven, QuikTrip, Pilot Flying J, Stripes, more

By 
Greg Lindenberg, Editor, CSP

CEFCO (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 May 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 celebrated the grand opening on May 15 in Phoenix of its newest Corner Store convenience store. At 4,683 square feet, the store features a Redbox, car wash and 14 gasoline dispensers with E85 fuel.

Connecticut

The newly renovated Merritt Parkway southbound service plaza reopened May 29, marking the overhaul of all but two of the state’s 23 rest plazas as part of a 35-year agreement with the Project Service Group. The new service plaza in New Canaan, Conn., includes a Dunkin Donuts, an Alltown Convenience Store and an ExxonMobil gas station.

Florida

The Oakhurst Shell Rally gas station and convenience store opened on May 19 in Seminole, Fla.

On May 21, in Niceville, Fla., CEFCO Convenience Stores opened its newest ground-up convenience store, a 5,000-square-foot prototype location, its third. It features the company’s first ground-up proprietary Fresh Yo self-service yogurt program.

Thorntons Inc. opened a new convenience store in Oldsmar, Fla., on May 22.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a new facility in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 21 along Interstate 95.

Street Corner opened its third Florida convenience store, a 371-square-foot location in Coral Springs, in the Coral Springs mall on May 6.

Hawaii

In May, 7-Eleven Hawaii opened its third location on Kauai at the former Menehune Food Mart on the island’s South Shore.

Indiana

On May 7, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new 12,000-square-foot facility in Woodburn, Ind., located at U.S. Highway 24 and State Route 101.

CountryMark opened a new gas station in Terre Haute, Ind., on May 26.

Kansas

Shop 550 opened a new convenience store on May 7 in Wichita, Kansas.

Massachusetts

Big Y Foods Inc. hosted a grand opening celebration for its first wholly owned Big Y Express Gas & Convenience store on May 7 in Pittsfield, Mass. The new location has 12 gas pumps and a 1,574 square-foot-store.

Volta Group’s Rapid Refill convenience store in Westford, Mass., held a grand reopening on May 30.

Michigan

A convenience store opened in mid-May in Marquette County, Mich., near K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base; it already offers automotive repairs and is adding gasoline dispensers.

The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening celebration on May 20 for the M-24 Mobil in Lake Orion, Mich.

Minnesota

Darrel and Valerie Leonard purchased Matthees Midtown Shell in Zumbrota, Minn., from Bruce Matthees, effective May 1. Despite new ownership, customers will see few changes. “New name, same hometown service,” they said. The automotive repair business also remains essentially unchanged.

SpeedStop gas stations and convenience stores in Pequot Lakes and Jenkins, Minn., became SuperAmerica locations in mid-May.

Mississippi

The city of Jackson, Miss., deemed The Express Fuel gas station and convenience store a public nuisance and a “magnet for a variety of illegal activities” and closed it in late May.

New Hampshire

A 9,000-square-foot New Hampshire travel plaza has opened on May 28 in Londonderry, N.H. It features a state liquor and wine outlet store, a 24-hour Red Arrow Diner, 19 fueling stations, plus a travel center with a 3,000-square-foot convenience store.

New Jersey

The South Orange Convenient Stop opened in South Orange, N.J., on May 21.

A new CITGO-Subway location opened for business on May 14 in Pennington, N.J., after a four-month refurbishment project initiated by owner Guleria Enterprises.

New Mexico

A new 7-Eleven in Rio Rancho, N.M., opened in May.

New York

A Stewart’s Shop in Evans Mills, N.Y., is slated to become a Nice N Easy convenience store. Stewart’s Shops Corp. sold the building in late May to CST Development LLC of Valentine Stores Inc., owned by Edward J. and John P. Valentine, who own numerous Nice N Easy franchise locations across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Stewart’s spokesperson Maria D’ Amelia said changes in traffic patterns “reduced our customers’ ability to access our shop.”

North Dakota

Coborn's Inc. opened a Cash Wise grocery store with a Little Dukes convenience store and gas station in Fargo, N.D., on May 22.

In May, the Red Carpet Car Wash & Exxon purchased the former All-Stop Sunwest BP gas station and convenience store in West Fargo, N.D.

Pennsylvania

Tom Finsterbusch and his son, Nick, opened Bear Creek Deli, a new convenience grocery store, on May 1 in Bear Creek Township, Pa.

Rhode Island

Seasons Corner Market opened a new convenience store in Kingstown, R.I., in late May. It features a Marylou’s Coffee shop, “Nicole’s Gourmet” Fresh Salads & Sandwiches by Pranzi Catering, F’Real Smoothies, Shell gas and diesel and a Shine365 Auto Wash.

Texas

CST Brands celebrated the grand opening of its newest Corner Store convenience store in San Antonio on May 7. At 3,627 square feet, the c-store features a Redbox and 12 gasoline dispensers with E85 fuel.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a new 10,000-square-foot facility on May 7 in Baird, Texas, located at Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 283.

QuikTrip Corp. opened its 121st store in the Dallas-Fort Worth market on May 14 in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Pilot Flying J opened travel centers in Carrizo Springs and Beasley, Texas, on May 18.

Stripes Convenience Stores opened stores in Dayton and McAllen, Texas, on May 18 and in Bay City, Texas, on May 21.

Virginia

The Fishersville, Va., 7-Eleven opened its doors in mid-May, near its previous location. Franchisee Tim Swortzel opted for a bigger store and larger plot of land to lease. The convenience store and gas station has 12 Shell gas pumps instead of four and a 3,800-square-foot store, an additional 1,800 square feet. Swortzel leases the property from Holtzman Oil.

West Virginia

A Sunoco service station near Lenore, W.Va., a part of the community since 1968 and the only full-service gas station in the area, was demolished in late May.

Part of CSP's 2015 Convenience Top 101 retailers