CHICAGO — This edition of New Convenience-Store Roundup features new c-store openings, closings and more that took place in December 2019.
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.
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Many of the stores listed here are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains. Many are part of CSP’s 2019 Top 202 list of c-store chains by size. Some of the owners and operators are new entrepreneurs, and some are industry veterans.
Unless otherwise mentioned, 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 …
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a 10,500-square-foot location in Malvern, Ark., on Dec. 19. It features an Arby’s restaurants and the Fresh Kitchen concept; parking spaces for 79 trucks, 60 cars and two RVs; nine diesel bays; nine showers; laundry facilities; a Mobile to Go Zone for electronics; a CAT scale; and a dog park.
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. It also does not include store openings previously reported in CSP Daily News.
Pilot Flying J opened a new Flying J Travel Center in Jurupa Valley, Calif., in early December. It features 16 gasoline fueling positions and 12 diesel lanes; Wendy’s and Cinnabon restaurants; 107 truck and 22 bobtail parking spots; two ATMs; a Western Union; and nine showers.
Net new stores: 1
A new Corner Express c-store and Shell gas station opened in Lafayette, La., on Dec. 12. It features a Holston Creamery and a full Zeus restaurant.
Karl Dhaliwal opened a Now Save c-store in late December in Monroe, La., after almost five years of development and a $5 million total investment. The 18,000-square-foot building has a 1.5-acre footprint, taking up an entire block. The site has 18 fueling positions under the 76 brand. It also includes a full-service deli with barbecue from Shaw Nuff BBQ. Dhaliwal secured the location for $700,000 in 2015 when the owners of the Simmons Exxon and Hitch Center retired. He will also open a bar and restaurant called Wild Hawk in the back third of the building that will feature 10 beer brands on tap and big-screen TVs.
Net new stores: 2
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened an 8,500 square-foot location in Obetz, Ohio, on Dec. 19. It features Chester’s Chicken, Godfather’s Pizza and Hardee’s restaurants and the Fresh Kitchen concept; parking spaces for 64 trucks, 64 cars and three RVs; 10 diesel bays; seven showers; laundry facilities; a Mobile to Go Zone for electronics; a CAT scale; and a Speedco truck service location.
Net new stores: 2
Willkomm’s Mobil gas station and c-store in Mount Pleasant, Wis., closed in late December. The Rocket Wash car wash, a Dunkin’ and The Dish restaurant will stay open. “The competitive landscape in our market has become more difficult,” because of the recent opening of a new Kwik Trip, co-owner Michael Willkomm said. “It’s definitely a major change in the landscape, yes. And I don’t fault them.”
Net new stores: 2
TOTAL NEW STORES FOR DECEMBER 2019: 32
TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2019: 288
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