Open & Shut: 2-8-2010

Station, c-store, truckstop openings, closings, rebrandings around the nation

Published in CSP Daily News

Michigan

The McCormick truckstop and gas station opened in White Lake opened on November 25, The White Lake Beacon said. The new location has a CAT Scale weigh station, shower facilities available and public restrooms. The site has a 4,558-sq.-ft. building and is offers 20 fueling stations with a variety of fuels including E85 and diesel fuels including biodiesel, and on- and off-road diesels. The station provides an ATM, a drink refill program and will carry beer, liquor and lottery tickets.

Minnesota

Kwik Trip Inc. opened a new employee-owned c-store and restaurant on January 21 in Nodine, on Interstate 90, on the same site as the Truckers Inn that closed last July, said The Houston County News. The location is Kwik Trip's 365th store. It is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and features eight gasoline dispensers, two diesel dispensers for pickups and one for E85. The Hearty Platter Cafe has seating for 56 people and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Several specialties include omelets, broasted chicken and batter-fried fish. Showers also are available for truck drivers.

Two fathers and four sons, all owners of Bessler Brothers Electric, recently purchased the Woodland Convenience Store in Lake George, the The Park Rapids Enterprise said in mid-January.

Vergas 66 Gas & Convenience in Frazee has new owners as of the new year, said The Frazee Forum. Denny Iverson and his wife, Jo, have sold the store to their daughter, Kim, and her husband, Dan Doyle. Customers and employees probably will not notice much of a change, as Kim has worked alongside her father the past 14 years.

Missouri

The FastLane Convenience Store and Eighteen Wheeler truckstop and restaurant partially reopened in Taylor in late December, reported The Quincy Herald-Whig. Mary Banmiller, director of retail operations for Warrenton Oil Co., said the facility at the U.S. 61/Mo. 6 junction was a work in progress. The new diesel islands and relocated restaurant were expected to be open in late January. Tom Turner, owner of the Eighteen Wheeler since 1982, sold the property to Warrenton Oil about two years ago. He still operates the restaurant, which has a seating capacity of 42 in the old building. "The seating will go up to about 100 when we get in the new place," Turner said. Warrenton Oil owns 30 c-stores and two hotels.

Nebraska

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc., Oklahoma City, has opened a location in North Platte on I-80 at Exit 179 that includes aSubway and McDonald's.

Nevada

After about three months in business, A.J. Virk, co-owner with his brother, Deep, told The Reno Gazette-Journal in January that he has enjoyed the warmth of the customers and community in his new venture with the two local Corner Stores. Under the name SR Sons Inc., A.J. (Amarjeet) and Deep (Abheydeep) Virk leased the stores from Jackson Food Marts, which had recently purchased the Winner's Corner franchise from Terrible's. Deep has experience owning similar businesses in Reno while this is new for A.J., who is operating the Corner Stores with his wife Sippy. Virk said the improvement in the businesses is a work in progress. Jackson Oil is doing those as part of an image refresh, including repaving and new fuel dispensers with pay at the pump.

Salt Lake City-based Maverik Inc. opened a new store in Carson City in mid-December, in Dayton in late December and Fallon in mid-January, said The Nevada Appeal.