New Convenience-Store Roundup for May 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 May 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 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 fuel.

Click through for a state-by-state breakdown …

Photo courtesy of wastesoul. 

Idaho

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Mr. Gas opened a new c-store in Jerome, Idaho, on May 18.

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.

Photo courtesty of bunyarit.

Illinois

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Buchanan Energy opened a new Bucky's c-store in Addison, Ill., on May 7.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of NithidPhoto.

Indiana

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Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Spiceland, Ind., on May 4.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of Wikimedia Commons.

Kentucky

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Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Hanson, Ky., on May 24. The 11,000-square-foot facility features a Hardee’s restaurant, 63 truck parking spots, five showers and laundry facilities.

Net new stores: 1

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

Louisiana

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Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Boyce, La., on May 17. The more than 10,000-square-foot facility features an Arby's restaurant, 55 truck parking spots, five showers, laundry capabilities and a Love's Truck Tire Care center.

Y-Not Stop opened a new c-store on May 22 in Alexandria, La. It offers Shell-branded fuel.

Net new stores: 2

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

Massachusetts

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Big Y Foods opened a Big Y Express eight-pump gas station and c-store in Springfield, Mass., in early May.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of Wikimedia Commons.

Minnesota

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Casey’s General Stores opened a new c-store in Sauk Rapids, Minn., on May 17.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of Larry and Teddy Page.

Missouri

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MFA Oil has opened a new BreakTime c-store on May 4 in Macon, Mo.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of KOMUnews.

Nebraska

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On May 18, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts cut the ribbon on Bosselman Enterprises’ new Bosselman Travel Center in Grand Island, Neb. The flex-fuel pumps offer ethanol and biodiesel fuel blends, including E85, E30 and Clean 88 (E15). It also features Subway and Little Caesar’s restaurants.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of Governor Pete Rickett's Office.

New Jersey

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A new 7-Eleven c-store opened on May 9 in Florham Park, N.J.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of Mike Mozart.  

New Mexico

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Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Belen, N.M., on May 3. The more than 10,000-square-foot facility features an Arby's restaurant, 62 truck parking spots, five showers, laundry facilities and a Love's Truck Tire Care center.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of Wikimedia Commons.

New York

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Cumberland Farms opened a new c-store in Mechanicville, N.Y., on May 3.

Three 7-Eleven c-stores in Syracuse, N.Y., closed in mid-May, and one in Auburn, N.Y., closed on May 31.

Net new stores: -3

Photo courtesty of Wikimedia Commons.

North Dakota

Petro Serve USA opened a new gas station and c-store on May 9 in Valley City, N.D., that features E15, E30 and E85 at 16 fueling points.

A Casey’s General Stores location in Fargo, N.D., closed on May 29. The company said the community is better served by several other Casey’s stores in the area.

Net new stores: 0

Photo courtesty of Wikimedia Commons.

Ohio

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Giant Eagle opened a new GetGo Cafe + Market in Boardman, Ohio, on May 3.

Certified Oil opened a new c-store with Marathon-branded fuel and a Subway restaurant on May 22 in Columbus, Ohio.

Net new stores: 2

Photo courtesty of Wikimedia Commons.

Oklahoma

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Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Randlett, Okla., on May 3. The more than 5,000-square-foot facility features a Subway restaurant, 59 truck parking spots and three showers.

Net new stores: 1

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

Oregon

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Gordy’s Talent Truck Stop opened in Talent, Ore., on May 25.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of SPMemory.

Pennsylvania

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The Greensburg Market c-store in Greensburg, Pa., opened in late May.

Sheetz opening a new c-store on May 31 in Lancaster, Pa. The 5,420-square-foot store has 12 gas pumps and 69 parking spaces.

A 7-Eleven c-store in Butler, Pa., closed in May.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesty of Wikimedia Commons.

South Carolina

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Spinx opened a new c-store in Summerville, S.C., on May 3. The 6,188-square-foot store has 18 fuel pumps, a truck diesel island serving diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) at the pump and a rollover car wash.

Parker’s opened a new c-store on St. Helena Island, S.C., on May 25.

Net new stores: 2

Photo courtesty of Parker's.

Texas

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CEFCO opened a new travel center in Tyler, Texas, on May 4, the first prototype of this size, with a combined square footage of 13,800 square feet on more than 25 acres. It features a Subway restaurant and the chain’s first Carl’s Jr. restaurant. It also features a truckers’ lounge, showers, laundry facilities, CAT Scales, seven truck fueling lanes and 96 truck parking spaces. For travelers, it offers 72 parking spaces, four RV/bus spaces, an RV dump, 16 auto fueling positions and a dog park.

A new, 5,488-square-foot RaceTrac gas station and c-store opened in May in Lewisville, Texas. It features 18 gas dispensers.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Lufkin, Texas, on May 24. The more than 10,000-square-foot facility features an Arby's restaurant, 94 truck parking spots, laundry facilities, seven showers and a Love's Truck Tire Care center.

Net new stores: 3

Photo courtesty of CEFCO.

Virginia

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A Royal Farms c-store opened in Virginia Beach, Va., on May 18.

Net new stores: 1

Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Planning Commission.  

Wisconsin

Kwik Trip opened new c-stores in Kenosha, Wis., on May 6; Stoughton, Wis., on May 13; Monona, Wis., on May 17;  and Middleton, Wis., on May 19. It also opened three new c-stores in Madison, Wis., on May 10, May 15 and May 19.

Net new stores: 7

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR MAY 2018: 27

TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2018: 159

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.