Open & Shut: 11-29-2010

A roundup of recent station and store openings, closings and more nationwide

New Hampshire

The former Flight Deck gas station and c-store in New Durham recently reopened under owner Pat Donahoe, said Foster's Daily Democrat. It was owned and operated by his late father, Frank, until 2007. High gasoline prices and Frank's failing health forced the station to close three years ago after more than 30 years in business. Donahoe is still working on permits to sell alcohol and tobacco at the store.

The Olde Port Convenience store opened in downtown Portsmouth, reported in late October. Owner Troy Allen said the store will soon offer lottery and will continue to add items as the need increases. It sells paper products, beer, wine, water, soda, energy drinks, Tylenol, batteries, nail polish remover, shampoo, disposable razors and other such items. Allen's son Jake has chosen the store's eclectic beer selection, and Allen has hired a wine consultant.

New Jersey

Wawa opened a store in Barnegat in late November, said The Asbury Park Press. The new store has 12 gasoline pumps and four diesel pumps, and is one of the company's new store design prototype, including 4,600 square feet of retail space.

Pete's Convenience Store opened in mid-October in Atlantic City, reported The Press of Atlantic City. The store plans to offer more fruits and vegetables and more Hispanic items; also milk, bread and eggs, some dollar items, coffee, candy, newspapers, cleaning products, groceries, pet foods and cigarettes and other tobacco products. It also has some gift items, such as gift bags, gift-wrap and little household items and gift cards.

New Mexico

Ron Brown, with a background in management for a national travel center company, is opening Latitudes, a prototype c-store, deli and gas station in Albuquerque, said The Albuquerque Journal. He recently closed on a two-acre site and plans to build a 15,000-sq.-ft. store that will include a 24-hour deli, a cafe-style seating area with Wi-Fi, grocery area, beer cave and coolers for imported beers and wines. It will have 24 fueling stations dispensing gasoline and diesel. Construction is to begin in early December, with completion projected for May. Based on focus-group research, Brown hopes to attract women and parents by carrying upscale food products and ready-to-eat items like rotisserie chicken. Once established, he plans to offer frequent fueler discounts and downloadable applications to allow customers to place orders for food deliveries online. Design features include energy-efficient artificial lighting, water-thrifty landscaping and low-water-use plumbing fixtures.

New York

A new Stewart's Shop is being constructed in Warrensburg. The 3,000-sq.-ft store, which is expected to be completed about December 13, features four gasoline pumps with pay-at-the-pump service. Construction of a new Stewart's Shop in Chatham, is nearing completion, as well , expected to be done in early December. It will feature six gasoline pumps with pay-at-the-pump service.

New owner John Bouck of Sherrill Automotive repair facility and full-service gas station opened the business in Sherrill on September 1 after purchasing the station from the previous owner, who was selling because of illness. The location was closed for four years, said The Oneida Daily Dispatch.

A newly expanded Wilson Farms in the village of Oakfield held a grand opening event on October 22, reported The Daily News. "We've more than doubled in size here," said CEO and president of Paul Nanula. The entire project cost a little over half a million dollars. Before the renovation, the store was 1,700 square feet. Now, with a 2,400-sq.-ft. expansion that turned a back storage room into a Subway, the store is 4,216 square feet total. Wilson Farms has added 500 to 600 more items for sale. Also, seven cooler doors were added, as well as two handicapped-accessible bathrooms.

A $1.5 million to $2 million Nice N Easy c-store/gas station that is three times the size of the building it is replacing opened last week in Fayetteville, The Post-Standard said. The 4,500-sq.-ft. store replaces the older store torn down in October, and the new store erected at its back door. "This new design has a lot more bells and whistles, and it's in line with the newer stores we've been building," said Ron Rowland, Nice N Easy vice president of corporate operations. The new store, which is set back farther on the one-acre property, will feature an Easy Street Eatery, full-service foodservice with made-to-order subs, pizza and other choices. There is a sitdown bar along the front window, and three tables, with total seating for about 14 people. It has three gasoline pumps with six filling stations, replacing two pumps and four stations.

The owners of E&M Market are planning to open a second convenience store in Saranac Lake, said The Adirondack Daily Enterprise said in late October. Paresh and Pragna Prajapati are under contract to purchase the former River Street Nice N Easy from P.J. Hyde & Son Inc. The property, which they plan to turn into a c-store called Fusion Market, was a mini-mart and CITGO station until it closed in March 2009. They plan to rehabilitate the existing site and structure, replace the building's flat roof with a gabled roof and add a second story, which would be used as an office.