Open & Shut for August 2014
The month's roundup of new convenience store openings and more
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- This edition of the Open & Shut digest of new convenience store openings, sales, acquisitions and store closings features listings for the month of August 2014.
Many of the stores are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains, some part of CSP's Convenience Top 101.
The unscientific, monthly "snapshot" of newly opened or closed U.S. convenience stores, gas station, truckstops and travel centers not previously reported in CSP Daily News has been arranged by state. Click through each item for more details on each store.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened travel stops in Fort Myers, Fla., on August 14 at I-75, Exit 143 and Mossy Head, Fla., on August 28 at I-10, Exit 70. The Fort Myers location features Wendy's and Subway restaurants and more. The Mossy Head location features Subway and McDonald's restaurants and more.
Metro Market opened a convenience store in Augusta, Ga., on August 22.
The Kahala Shell gas station and convenience store in East Honolulu, leased to Aloha Petroleum by Kamehameha Schools, will be run by a new operator. Current owner/operator Madeleine Snow retired on August 31 following the end of her current lease term. As of August 1, the location discontinued oil changes and auto repairs. Aloha will continue to operate the station under the Shell brand. The station is scheduled to be razed and rebuilt.
Jitu Hingu opened a Quick Pick convenience store in Mundelein, Ill., on Aug. 29 in the former Pk's Pantry location.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a travel stop in Angola, Ind., on August 21 at I-69, Exit 348. It features a Hardee's restaurant and more.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a travel stop in Shelby, Iowa, on August 14 at I-80, Exit 34. It features Chester's Chicken and McDonald's restaurants and more.
QuikTrip opened a convenience store in Wichita, Kansas, on August 28.
Newcomb Oil opened a FiveStar Food Mart in Russellville, Ky., on August 26, on the site of a former Swifty gas station.
On August 5, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and Areas USA opened the $26 million Chesapeake House Travel Plaza along I-95 in Cecil County, six weeks ahead of schedule. Amenities include The Market Place one-stop shop, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Sunoco fuel station, A Plus convenience store and restrooms, Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut, KFC, Wendy's and Auntie Anne's.
In mid-August, Nidal Elfakih opened Four Seasons Grocery & Deli in Worcester, Mass.
Kwik Trip Inc. opened a convenience store in Norwood Young America, Minn., on August 7.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a travel stop in Indianola, Miss., on August 21 at U.S. Highways 82 and 49. It features a Hardee's restaurant and more.
QuickChek opened a convenience store and gas station in Eatontown, N.J., on August 12, replacing the former Sands Motor Lodge.
Stewart's Shops opened a replacement shop in Troy, N.Y., on August 20. Demolition of the old shop will begin soon and construction of a new gas island will follow. It also opened a replacement shop in Cropseyville, N.Y., on August 27. Demolition of the old shop will begin soon. The company expects the new site to be pumping gas in early October.
The Burrville (N.Y.) Cider Mill has been associated with the Steiner family for nearly two decades and, soon, a nearby convenience store will bear the family's name. Cynthia L. Steiner and her family recently purchased Fast Eddy's Kwikmart, and the business will soon be named Steiner's General Store.
Ben's Penny Mart, Asheville, N.C.'s newest convenience store, opened on August 15. It will serve as a destination for Asheville's tubing population., with free tube rentals deposit.
Econofoods in Wahpeton, N.D., has opened Econo Express, a gas station and convenience store. It offers a rewards program tied to the grocery chain.
Giant Eagle Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest GetGo convenience store in Grandview, Ohio, on August 14. The 24-hour c-store and gas station is part of the Grandview Yard complex. It also opened a GetGo c-store in Hilliard, Ohio, on August 28.
Sheetz Inc. opened a 6,000-square-foot "Super Sheetz" convenience restaurant in Ligonier Township, Pa., on August 21. The original store nearby has been closed. The new location features expanded store and food preparation space, larger restroom facilities, indoor and outdoor eating space, more pumps and diesel fuel.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe opened the Black Pipe C-Store in Norris, S.D., in early August, in a former church.
United Supermarkets LLC opened a freestanding United Express convenience store and gas station in Wichita Falls, Texas, on August 8. It also opened the company's fourth Amigos grocery store location and an adjacent United Express convenience store and gas station in Hereford, Texas, on August 20. The c-stores feature drive-thru windows.
Susser Holdings Corp. opened Stripes Convenience Stores in Gatesville, Cisco, Rosenberg and Lubbock, Texas, with grand opening fiestas and ribbon-cutting ceremonies on August 13, 15, 15 and 19, respectively.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a travel stop in Fort Stockton, Texas, on August 28 at I-10, Exit 261. It features a Carl's Jr. restaurant and more.
Holiday Oil Co. opened a second convenience store and gas station in Lehi, Utah, on August 14.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a travel stop in Franklin, Va., on August 21 at U.S. Highways 58 and 258. It features Love's first Bojangles' quick-service restaurant and more.
Tiger Fuel opened Lake Monticello Exxon in Palmyra, Va., on August 28, offering regular-grade gasoline for $1.99 as a promotion.
Sheetz Inc. has opened its newest Huntington, W.Va., convenience store and gas station near Marshall University.
Kwik Trip Inc. opened a Kwik Star convenience store in Grand Chute, Wis., on August 20.
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