CHICAGO — This edition of New Convenience-Store Roundup features new c-store openings, closings and more for May 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 Top 202 list of c-store chains by size (and see the Top 40 update). 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.
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Eagles Landing Travel Plaza opened a new location off of Interstate 15 at Desert Springs Exit 9 in Littlefield, Ariz., on May 16 in partnership with Pilot Flying J. The new facility is on 7 acres and features 12 auto lanes for fueling, two pull-through RV fueling lanes, ethanol-free E-91 gasoline and three diesel lanes with bulk diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) at the pump. The nearly 10,000-square-foot store has a Chester’s Chicken, Subway and a proprietary Yardley’s Steakburgers and Custard.
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.
Cumberland Farms opened a new 5,000-square-foot c-store in Coral Springs, Fla., on May 9. It features expanded food and beverage selections. It also has outdoor patio seating, eight fueling stations and 22 customer parking spaces.
Net new stores: 5
Fast Eddy’s opened a new location on May 16 in Meridien, Idaho. The 5.5-acre site features a Fast Eddy’s marketplace c-store, Chevron gas station, a car wash and a lube shop. It also has an Earl of Sandwich fast-casual restaurant, the first in the state.
Net new stores: 1
Casey's General Stores closed a c-store in Lincoln, Neb., in early May. The retailer operates another store across the street, a former Kabredlo's location acquired in 2010. Casey’s said the closed location had a Subway sandwich shop inside and there was a contractual agreement to keep it open that expired. A deed restriction will prevent a new owner from running a c-store or gas station.
Net new stores: -1
QuickChek opened a new, 5,496-square-foot c-store in North Brunswick, N.J., on May 14. It uses the Fresh to Go design with more than 50% of the store dedicated to fresh food and beverages. The open-concept layout features earth tone colors, cleaner sight lines and spacious stand-alone food displays with consumer-friendly expansive aisles; an extensive display of freshly made grab-and-go food and market items; and a large stand-alone soup station offering a daily rotation of freshly prepared soups. A new foodservice menu features sub sandwiches served on artisan-style baguettes, a selection of healthy baked snacks and fresh-cut fruit, and fresh baked goods made in-store. New seasonal menu items include Angus Roast Beef BLT, Deli Style Southern Chicken and Avocado Veggie Crunch subs and limited-edition Rainbow Cookie and Caramel Waffle Cone flavored hot and iced coffees. Amenities include no-fee ATMs, indoor seating for 11 people with phone and laptop charging stations and free WiFi, outdoor seating for eight, 16 fueling positions and 53 parking spaces.
Net new stores: 2
M. White’s Fuel Stop opened on May 20 in Rutland, Vt. Formerly White’s Fuel Stop, it was started in 1999 by the late Lawrence White Jr., who died in 2015. His estate closed the business in July 2018. His grandson, Martin White, inherited the station and decided to reopen it. The shop is now offering a few new products in the deli, such as fries, onion rings, chicken wings and chicken tenders. Larry said the station is also selling ethanol-free gas.
Net new stores: 1
Net new stores: 1
TOTAL NEW STORES FOR MAY 2019: 20
TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2019: 79
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