Open & Shut: 11-16-2009

Additional c-store, station openings, closings, sales from around the country

Published in CSP Daily News

Florida

Jim's Food Market in Clearwater held a gala official opening in mid-October, said The Clearwater Times. Meanwhile, a cake was cut and celebrations were held in Little Fort to mark the 90th anniversary of the newly renamed Jim's Food Market there.

In early October, the Ross Realty Group Inc. opened a new 2,980-sq.-ft. 7-Eleven store in Madeira Beach, said The Tampa Bay Beach Beacon. The 7-Eleven replaced a former Hess station that relocated further south on the beach. The long-term lease for 7-Eleven is expected to ensure stability to the tenant mix. John Stoner, CCIM of Ross Realty, represented the building owner Madeira Commons Inc. in this transaction.

The only gas station On Jekyll Island, which is about 40 years old, closed in early October after the fuel ran out, reported The Florida Times-Union. The building will be torn down, the underground tanks replaced and a new convenience store built in its place that will be operated privately. Until then, Jekyll residents will have to drive to stations at Exit 29 off Interstate 95 or north on U.S. 17 to a store at the end of the St. Simons Causeway. Both are about 12 miles away. The Jekyll Island Authority, which governs the state-owned island, has not said when the new store will be open.

Georgia

Two Camden County truckstops, Cisco Travel Plazas, and a gas station, Cisco Express, closed since January, will be auctioned December 1, reported The Times-Union. The three businesses, subject to a federal indictment, a federal class-action lawsuit and a state racketeering complaint, were originally owned by Fairley Cisco. Michael Nicholson, who bought the businesses from Tennessee Commerce Bank, decided to sell the three commercial properties by auction. David Keating, director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority, said a partial court settlement to resolve the ownership led to the decision to sell the stations. Under the settlement, Tennessee Commerce Bank had been awarded the properties as the holder of the first lien. Local officials want the once-popular businesses reopened to enhance county tax revenue.

A Phillips 66 station in front of a Lowes store in Valdosta has closed, said The Valdosta Daily Times.

Illinois

Charley's Grilled Subs and Phillips 66 c-store and gas station in Knoxville reopened in early November after a fire in March, reported The Register-Mail.

A Mobil gas station and c-store began construction in early November on the east side of DeKalb, on the site of a former Marathon station, said The Daily Chronicle. It is expected to open sometime in the next two to three months, owner Jamal Chaudhary said. The Marathon closed in 2005, and the site has been dormant since then. Chaudhary said he owns several other similar stations in Illinois. "I felt this was a good location to build something," he said. The new station is the second to open on the city's east side in the past year. A Shell station opened on a vacant lot late last year.

Indiana

A Scott's grocery store in Fort Wayne has opened a gas station, said Indiana's NewsCenter. In turn, Kroger, which bought the chain, has closed its nearby Fuel Center. Kroger plans to open 10 gas stations in the Fort Wayne area over the next three years, it said. Kroger's Indianapolis-based spokesperson John Elliott told The News Sentinel that the location is the first with the Scott's name in the city. Diesel will be available. Other merchandise, such as motor oil, fluids and wiper blades, will be offered, as well as bundled firewood, propane exchange, a soft-drink dispenser, tobacco and candy. Cincinnati-based Kroger purchased Scott's stores in 2007 and is in the midst of a $75-million reorganization in Fort Wayne.

Kansas

In early October, the Decker family opened Deckers' General Store in Bronson, a gas station and c-store that previously operated as Bronson Gas 'N' Stuff for about 10 years, said The Fort Scott Tribune. Jean Decker, the co-owner of the store, said she and her family decided to purchase and operate the business because it is needed in the town. "The community has been very supportive of us," she said. "People here really want gas." Besides fuel, which will soon be available for purchase, the store also offers customers a variety of grocery items and tables for dining. The portion of the business that operates as an eatery will feature frequent lunch specials, Decker said. About six people are involved in running the family-operated business. The owners have not hired any employees yet, but plan to do so in the future, Decker said.