Open & Shut: 11-16-2009

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

Published in CSP Daily News

Kentucky

Clark's Pump-N-Shop opened two locations in August: Burnaugh BP and Shopes Creek Marathon in Ashland.

Maine

Rockland-based Maritime Energy's Townline store was renovated in late September. The new Maritime Farms store will cover 4,792 sq.-ft. and will include a deli, c-store and a beverage barn featuring a large selection of beer and wine. The old store was closed.

Massachusetts

A Route 97 landmark in Topsfield was back on the real estate market in mid-October, reported WickedLocalMiddleton.com. The asking price for the Shell station and garage was $695,000, a significant drop from the original asking price of $975,000. It was first placed on the market more than 190 days ago. The station was last assessed for $558,400 and includes more than 2.6 acres of land. It was built in 1971 and has four regular gasoline pumps and a separate diesel pump. Included in the listing was office and retail space, three service garages and three entrances. Silva Tire Depot is located at the station. The station and tire dealership remain open for business.

McBrien's Diagnostic & Repair, which has provided North Scituate residents with full-service gasoline for the past 12 years, has closed, said the GateHouse News Service. Owner Tom McBrien cited contractual difficulties. He originally he had a 10-day grace period to pay for his gasoline shipments. That period then shrunk to seven days, and then to five days. He was forced to sell all of his fuel within that tight period, but he couldn't just order a smaller volume of fuel or get hit with a fee. "We couldn't handle that volume in five days," he said. "We sell about 35,000 to 40,000 gallons of gas a month. It was just perfect when we had 10 days to sell it all." Alliance Energy, McBrien's gasoline supplier, could not be reached for comment. "It's not like they were the bad guys, either," said McBrien. "They had their deadlines to get things sold, too. It just trickled down through the system." While the pumps could eventually reopen, McBrien said he would have to re-negotiate the contracts. To continue selling fuel, he also would need to replace his tanks. "In 2017, the state is going to require all single-wall steel tanks to be removed,"he said. "That would be a $100,000 to $125,000 investment. The end was written on the wall." McBrien has chosen to focus on the repair side of his business.

Michigan

McGregor Oil Co., St.Ignace, has sold two Shell stations, one in St. Ignace and one in Sault Ste. Marie, to EZ Mart owner Blarney Castle Oil & Propane, Bear Lake, reported the The St. Ignace News.

Spartan Stores said in late September that it purchased a Meijer c-store in Grand Rapids. It converted the store into a Family Fare Quick Stop, said WOOD-TV.

Missouri

After being retired for 10 years, Paul Butler opened a c-store in Springfield in mid-October reported The News-Leader.

Renovations to he Main Stop c-store in Neosho began in mid-October, said The Neosho Daily News. Owner Antonio Jaime purchased the store three years ago. The number of customers grew, and he expanded the store to accommodate them. "We put in new windows, new doors, new ceiling, new walls, new electrical," he said, "Basically it's going to be a brand new building." The building sports a fresh facade in tan stucco and brick in place of the stone. He added 1,000 sq.-ft. to the north and east of the building to house the new beverage coolers and a handicapped accessible bathroom. "Nobody has done anything to this store in maybe 15 to 20 years," he said. He said the renovation will give him more room for inventory and a little room for seating. The old coolers on the west side will be removed, and the area will be used for storage.

Nebraska

A newly remodeled Brady Get 'N Go opened three weeks ago in North Platte under new ownership, reported The North Platte Bulletin. The Get 'N Go had been closed for a year, but a former truck driver and his wife decided to buy it. The community needs it, owner Jack Mann said. Mann, 53, drove over the road for several years but wants to spend more time with family. He and wife Pamela, plus a sister and brother-in-law, are the core of the workforce. The Get 'N Go sells gasoline, groceries, refreshments and a full line of convenience items. It features homegrown potatoes and produce and locally produced dessert toppings and gift items. A garage and quick-lube opened last week in the adjoining building. The couple put four clocks above the front doorone for each time zone in the continental U.S. The locations of their grandkids are noted there too.

The new Shoemaker's Truck Station owned by Karen and Dave Shoemaker, had its soft opening last week, said The Lincoln Journal Star. The c-store and trucker facilities are open, but it will be a few more weeks before the Shoemaker's restaurant opens. It will also be a few more weeks before the truck service begins. The location features a mural depicting the history of U.S 6. The $8 million, 29,000-sq.-ft. truckstop was built from the ground up in about five months. Shoemaker's, which had been across the street, had to close at the end of June when Don Shoemaker, Dave's uncle, did not renew the 25-year-old lease for the truckstop. Don and son Randy own the land and buildings there. The two sides of the Shoemaker family battled in court over the name of the business and whether Dave Shoemaker could remove fixtures from the existing restaurant. Don and Randy Shoemaker have since reopened the existing truckstop and restaurant and renamed it Don and Randy Shoemaker's Truck Station.