New Convenience-Store Roundup for November 2015

Circle K, Wawa, Kum & Go, Murphy USA, Love’s, Cumby’s, Kwik Trip, more (slideshow)

By 
Greg Lindenberg, Editor, CSP

New Convenience-Store Roundup for November 2015 Kwik Trip, St. Paul, Minn.

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- This edition of New Convenience-Store Roundup features new convenience-store openings, sales and store closings for the month of November 2015.

The unscientifically gathered roundup--gleaned from company announcements, websites and newspapers around the country, among other sources--is by no means complete, but 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.

Many of the stores are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains, some part of CSP's Convenience Top 101. Some represent new entrepreneurs just getting into retailing, while others tell of families with longtime businesses exiting the industry.

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

Your store not listed? Please send your new-store announcements to Greg Lindenberg at [email protected].

California

A new Circle K convenience store opened on Nov. 1 in San Carlos, Calif. This location offers beer and wine, diesel and lottery; the site is also co-branded with Shell fuel.

Delaware

Wawa Inc. held the grand opening for a new convenience store in Claymont, Del., on Nov. 20, its 43rd in the state.

Florida

Wawa Inc. held the grand opening for a new convenience store in Largo, Fla., on Nov. 19.

Hawaii

Foodland held the grand opening of its 24-Hour Foodland Gas Station Laie and Convenience Store at the Laie Shopping Center on Nov. 20, near the company's supermarket in Laie on Oahu's North Shore. The c-store offers cold drinks, ice, snacks, grab-and-go meals and basic essentials. Aloha Petroleum and Foodland Super Market Ltd., a subsidiary of The Sullivan Family of Cos., have collaborated on opening three other gas stations throughout the state.

Iowa

On Nov. 19, Kum & Go LC opened a new 5,000-square-foot convenience store in Sioux City, Iowa. It offers freshly made-to-order pizzas, baked goods and breakfast and deli sandwiches prepared daily in Kum & Go’s onsite kitchen. Outside, a variety of fuel options give customers more value and choices at the pump, including diesel, E85 and a new alternative fuel option in E15.

The Quik Stop convenience store opened in Burlington, Iowa, in mid-November.

Kansas

A new Murphy USA gas station opened next to the Hutchinson, Kansas, Walmart, on Nov. 9.

Kentucky

Food City opened a new Gas’N Go multi-pump facility near its grocery store in Harlan, Ky., in early November.

Maine

A Circle K convenience store in Rockland, Maine, closed its doors in mid-November and the property has been dismantled. The 2,400-square-foot store opened in 1985. The property is owned by Spirit SPE Portfolio 2012-2 LLC and Cobalt Properties, Saint John, Nova Scotia.

After owning the small family store, Joseph’s Market, in Waterville, Maine, for the last 30 years, Kevin and Diane Joseph sold it in November to Ireen Huda and Mohammad Ali, who plan to keep the market’s name and all its employees. The market, which specializes in fine meats, this year is celebrating 90 years of operation. Huda and her husband, Ekram, own 7-Eleven stores in Old Orchard Beach and Lewiston as well as a convenience store, gas station and restaurant in Sabattus called the Settlement.

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Part of CSP's 2015 Convenience Top 101 retailers

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