CHICAGO -- This edition of New Convenience-Store Roundup features new c-store openings, closings and more for the month of November 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.)
- Click here for new c-store roundups from previous months, along with other grand-opening and new-store coverage.
Many of the stores listed here are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains. And many are 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 otherwise noted, 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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Cumberland Farms held the grand opening of a new c-store in Bristol, Conn., on Nov. 16
Net new stores*: 1
*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.
On Nov. 1, Alec Kline and Ashley Williams took over ownership of Kline’s Quick Time in Knoxville, Iowa, from their father, Larry Kline, who has retired. The family traces its roots in the business to 1953. Larry’s father, Jeff, drove a tankwagon for Standard Oil, which owned a station at the site. Larry started working there in 1966 and took over in 1971. He bought the building in 1981, when Jeff retired and joined Larry. They added a car wash in 1982 and a c-store in 2006.
Kum & Go opened a new c-store in Altoona, Iowa, on Nov. 2. The 6,000-square-foot location features a Go Fresh Market. It also opened a new c-store in Waukee, Iowa, on Nov. 9. The more than 6,000-square-foot location also features a Go Fresh Market.
Net new stores: 2
Stewart’s Shops opened new c-stores in Schenectady, N.Y., on Nov. 3 (replacing the previous shop), Schuylerville, N.Y., on Nov. 3 (replacing a nearby shop), Queensbury, N.Y., on Nov. 9 (replacing the previous shop), and in Hudson Falls/Kingsbury, N.Y., on Nov. 17 (replacing a nearby shop).
NOCO Energy Corp. acquired the former Bailly’s Sunoco station in Sanborn, N.Y., in November. The Tonawanda, N.Y.-based company will renovate the 4,250-square-foot c-store this winter to provide it with an overall update, including expanded fresh grab-and-go offerings from its signature Nickel City Foods. Dunkin Donuts will remain within the store and undergo a minor remodel before the end of the year. The store and fuel pumps will remain open during the renovations. “This marks our fourth store in Niagara County, and we are excited to introduce the Sanborn community to the NOCO Express brand,” said Jim DeFilippis, vice president and general manager. “Once completed, these renovations and new offerings will provide a fresh new look and more of the products that today’s on-the-go customers expect from their local convenience store.” The company operates 39 NOCO Express c-stores throughout the region.
Net new stores: 2
Rutter’s Farm Stores opened a new c-store in St. Thomas, Pa., on Nov. 15. A. The 7,523-square-foot location has 12 fueling stations and three dedicated high-speed truck diesel bays.
Royal Farms opened a new c-store in Downingtown, Pa., on Nov. 20. The new location is built to LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Net new stores: 2
In November, ownership of the IMR BP gas station in Schofield, Wis., passed to Riiser Energy, which will rebrand it as an R-Store. The station will now offer a broader range of services in addition to the gas pumps and car wash already on site, including money orders and DMV license-plate renewal.
Net new stores: 5
TOTAL NEW STORES FOR NOVEMBER 2017: 26
TOTAL NEW STORES FOR 2017: 318
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