Open & Shut: 1-13-2011

CSP Daily News' occasional roundup of station, store openings, closings, more

Published in CSP Daily News

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- "Open & Shut" features a few of the many new-store openings, reopenings, closures, sales and rebrandings taking place around the nation by chains small, medium and large that have not otherwise been reported in CSP Daily News.

Especially on the independent operator level, this recurring roundup provides a snapshot of the frequently changing retail marketplace that includes such outlets as convenience stores, gas stations, truckstops, travel centers and related locations.

California

Stanley's Food Mart and gas station [image-nocss] closed December 31, city officials told The Visalia Times.

7-Eleven opened new stores in Riverside, Lakewood and Mission Hills in December, and is opeing stores in Arcadia, Fountain Valley, Burbank, Garden Grove, Long Beach, and Temple City in January, 7ElevenSoCal said on Twitter.

Colorado

Beth's Market Shell closed December 15, said The Fairplay Flume. Employees and customers had petitioned to keep it open. Scott Paulson, a partner of owner Silco Oil Co., said the timing of the store closing was not great, but the store could have been closed years earlier with a decline in fuel and in-store sales.

7-Eleven opened a store in downtown Colorado Springs, The Colorado Springs Gazette said on December 1.

Florida

VR Business Brokers Fort Lauderdale office in November listed for sale the Bass Pro Shop's gas station in Fort Lauderdale in record time, it said in a press statement: within hours of becoming a franchisee. It only took VR's new office only hours, again, to start bringing in offers for purchase, it said, and the station was under contract within a week. The seller for the Bass Pro Shop's gas station offered 70% seller financing.

Georgia

After working for 30 years, the last 11 as owner, at one of Albany's last full-service gas stations, Gieryic's Dawson Road CITGO, sold its last remaining gallons of fuel in mid-December. It will still provide mechanic work. ""We were in a position where we had no other choice," owner Tom Gieryic told The Albany Herald. "In the old days, we'd pump 120,000 gallons of gas here a month, and 90% of it was for full-service customers. As more and more c-stores moved into the area, our volume dropped. Today, our full-service sales, for which we charge more, have reversed themselves. We do less than 10% full-service sales today."

A Murphy Express opened in Valdosta on December 2, MurphyUSA said on Twitter.

Illinois

Pilot Travel Center opened on December 6 in Woodhull with 35 new jobs. The business has a restaurant, though the food facility, a deli, will open at a later date, project manager Catherine Adkins told The Register-Mail.

A Super Pantry opened in Bloomington, the company said in early December.

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