CHICAGO -- This edition of New Convenience-Store Roundup features new c-store openings, closings and more for the month of February 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 other M&A activity in February 2018.
Many of the stores listed here are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains. And many (listed in bold) 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 gasoline.
Click through for a state-by-state breakdown …
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.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Mills County near Glenwood, Iowa, on Feb. 1. The 10,000-square-foot facility features a Subway restaurant, laundry capabilities, game room, 60 truck parking spaces, five showers and Love's Truck Tire Care center. Loves also opened a new location in Waterloo, Iowa, on Feb. 8. It features a Wendy’s restaurant, laundry capabilities, game room, 65 truck parking spaces, five showers, seven diesel fuel pumps, Love’s Truck Tire Care and other driver services.
Net new stores: 5
Huggy Bear’s General Store opened in Mount Pleasant, Mich., on Feb. 28, offering food, gasoline and diesel. The store also features a large selection of hardware supplies. The name comes from owner Mark Huggard’s nickname, which was given to him by old business partners.
Net new stores: 1
The Oneida Indian Nation opened a Maple Leaf Market c-store on Feb. 22 in Chittenango, N.Y., with a focus on fresh, made-to-order food and convenient grab-and-go options. The store features a variety of items from regional companies. Local partners include an exclusive gourmet coffee partner, Utica Coffee Roasting Co.; jerky, maple syrup, honey and a variety of spices from Joe’s Jerky in Sherrill; doughnuts from Tasswood Bakery in Pennellville; fresh bread and rolls from Syracuse-based New York Bakery; and milk and cream from HP Hood in Oneida. Also, Oneida Indian Nation closed a SavOn c-store in Sylvan Beach, N.Y., on Feb. 25. It has begun construction on a new Maple Leaf Market on that site that will open in early summer.
On Feb. 28, Cumberland Farms opened a 4,378-square-foot c-store in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., with a fast-casual restaurant, three self-service food-ordering kiosks and 12 fueling stations.
Net new stores: 1
Love’s opened a new location in Alma, Texas, on Feb. 1. The 12,000-square-foot facility features Chester's Chicken, Godfather's Pizza and Subway restaurants, laundry capabilities, a game room, 138 truck parking spots, eight showers and a Love's Truck Tire Care center.
Garrison Food Mart opened a new c-store in Plainview, Texas, in late February.
Net new stores: 2
A Maverik c-store in Logan, Utah, closed on Feb. 23. Aaron Simpson, vice president, said the decision to close the store was difficult yet “necessary after our recent growth” in Cache Valley, noting the company has built three new stores and rebuilt two others in the valley over the past two years.
Net new stores: -1