CHICAGO -- This edition of New Convenience-Store Roundup features new c-store openings, closings and more for the month of July 2017.
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. (Those stores are not counted here.)
Many of the stores listed here are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains, many part of CSP’s Top 202 list of the largest chains in the industry. Some represent new entrepreneurs, while others are longtime business owners exiting the industry.
Unless noted otherwise, the new locations offer the food, snacks, beverages, tobacco, merchandise, services and amenities found in most c-stores. Most offer gasoline.
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Allied Propane Service opened Allied Clean Fuels Plaza, a 24-hour fueling station and Circle K c-store, in Napa, Calif., on July 21. The electric-vehicle charging stations include a Tesla Supercharger capable of charging eight Tesla vehicles simultaneously in 20 minutes. There is a Chevron fuel island with three grades of gasoline, E85, diesel, renewable diesel, DEF (diesel exhaust fluid), propane Autogas, heating oil and six fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) dispensers.
Net new stores*: 2
*Represents stores opened minus stores closed in this state for the month of this count only; count does not include acquisitions, new ownership, rebranding or raze-and-rebuilds. It also does not include any store openings or closings previously reported in CSP Daily News. 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 West Point, Miss., on July 13. The 10,000-square-foot facility features an Arby’s restaurant, eight fuel pumps, 67 truck-parking spaces and five showers. Love’s also opened a new location in in Magee, Miss., on July 20. It features a Hardee’s restaurant, 66 truck-parking spaces, five showers, eight diesel fuel pumps and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center.
Net new stores: 2
Smokers Choice opened Munchies c-stores in Albany, N.Y., on July 7, Sennett, N.Y., on July 24 and Auburn, N.Y., on July 28. The Sennett location offers Krispy Krunchy Chicken; a "dirty-water dog," a New York City-style hot dog cooked in seasoned water; Munchees, its own made-to-order grilled cheese sandwich concept; hard- and soft-serve ice cream from Gifford's; and Boyd's Coffee. It features a "beer dungeon" and The Smokers Choice tobacco products.
Net new stores: 3
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new location in Circleville, Ohio, on July 13. The travel stop features an IHOP Express restaurant, seven showers, 101 truck-parking spaces and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center.
EB Fuel Stop in Greenville, Ohio, opened for business July 15. The fueling center offers the traditional unleaded grade and diesel automotive gasoline, in addition to E15, E30 and E85. The c-store features the Long Haul Sub Shop.
Net new stores: 2
Bellefonte Mart, a convenience store and gas station in Bellefonte, Pa., opened on July 14, replacing a Uni-Mart store, which was gutted during a fire in 2015.
Co-owners Kuldip and Malkit Singh held the grand opening July 20 for Barry Quick Mart and gas station in Ellwood City, Pa.
Wawa opened a new c-store in Media, Pa., on July 29. It has outdoor seating and a unique building design that echoes classic trolley waiting areas. The nonfunctional “second floor” was created to meet the requirements of the Traditional Neighborhood District (TND).
Net new stores: 3
Sendik’s Food Markets opened a new Fresh2Go convenience grocery store July 7 in Hales Corners, Wis. The 18,500-square-foot store will sell produce, meat, bakery and deli items. It will employ about 60 people and have gas pumps.
Net new stores: 1
TOTAL NEW STORES FOR JULY 2017: 23
TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2017: 217