Open & Shut: 2-7-2011

The where, when and why behind recent station, store openings, closings nationwide

Published in CSP Daily News

Illinois

Casey's General Stores Inc. opened a new location in Milledgeville in late January, it said on Twitter.

Casey's General Stores Inc. celebrated the grand opening of a new store in Bourbonnais on January 29, said The Daily Journal. The c-store and gas station will be open 24 hours, which is new for Casey's. The Bourbonnais store uses the company's new design.

Indiana

Gerry and Mike Laycock of Country Porch Convenience Stores opened their seventh location on November 30, 2010, Robert Novak, vice president of International Business Brokwers, Lafayette, told CSP Daily News. Their purchase of a 2,400-sq.-ft. store is their second location in Linton.

Kansas

Kapy's Convenience and Conoco gas station reopened under new management February 1, reported The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Kentucky

One of two E-Z Shop stations in Providence closed on January 31, owners of the gas station chain announced. Owner Mary Anne Gonnella told The Journal Enterprise the decision to close the business was partly because of its age. "It needs newer pumps, but 'pay-at-the-pump' pumps are expensive," she said. She hopes to find someone who will lease or rent the facility for business use. Another factor in the decision is a plan to build a new station elsewhere in Webster County, most likely Sebree, where the family owns property.

Massachusetts

Stephen "Pinky" Mason has sold his Sunoco station in Westborough, said Wicked Local Westborough. His last day was January 31. "It happened so quick," said Mason. "I just couldn't meet what they were looking for." He opened the gas station 15 years ago and rented the property from a private owner, but with the turn in the economy, realized he could not keep up with demands. He said by December a new owner had stepped forward, and he was given a month to move out. He said most of his regular customers were mothers and elderly people who took advantage of his personalized services. He also offered free air and a full repair garage.

In mid-January, Linear Retail Properties LLC purchased a 3,246-sq.ft. single-story retail building located in the heart of the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, said The New England Real Estate Journal, for $4.1 million. The building is located at the signalized intersection locally known as the "Flat of the Hill." It was constructed in 1951 and for the last 20 years operated as a 7-Eleven store. 7-Eleven sold the property to Linear Retail and the store has been converted into an independently run c-store named Charles Street Market.

Maryland

A new luxury student housing complex in College Park, The Varsity, announced on January 20 that Royal Farms will open a c-store in the street level of the building, the chain's first in the area. The store will be open 24-hours and will offer takeout breakfast sandwiches, subs, wraps and fresh brewed coffee. The store will also feature Royal Farms signature takeout chicken. "We thought this was a great opportunity to have a presence on a college campus," said Ed Stronski, spokesperson for Royal Farms. Both The Varsity and the Royal Farms store will open in August 2011.

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