Open & Shut: 2-8-2010

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

Published in CSP Daily News

Tennessee

Greeneville Express Mart, a 20-pump service station with a convenience store, opened in Greeneville in early December, said The Greenville Sun. Brothers Jason and Richard Brandon and Chris Buckles, the Brandons' brother-in-law, own Crockett Enterprises Inc., which operates the Davy Crockett Travel Center in Baileyton. They plan to open a Dunkin Donuts on site.

Texas

After 40 years, Garry Graham's full-service gas station in Temple closed on December 23, reported The Temple Daily Telegram

Ashish Ventures purchased a Chevron station and c-store in League City in a sale/leaseback transaction, The Houston Chronicle reported in January. Corpus Christi-based Susser Holdings Corp. is the tenant.

Utah

Smith's Food & Drug Stores, a division of Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., has opened its first Express fuel station and convenience store in Sugar House. A second location in Salt Lake City is set to open this month. The locations were acquired from Sinclair Oil, reported The Salt Lake Tribune. Smith's Express will stock convenience items such as snacks, fountain beverages, tobacco products, ice, beer, auto needs and top-selling grocery and nonfood items. Through purchases customers receive reward points, accumulated fuel discounts and Earn & Learn credit for schools. Smith's Food & Drug operates 132 stores and 62 fuel centers in seven western states, including 47 stores and 35 fuel centers in Utah.

Virginia

The Innsbrook/Short Pump area will have its second Wawa store come late spring or summer, reported DowntownShortPump.com.

Wisconsin

Construction begun in mid-January on a 4,100-sq.-ft. Qmart Marketplace c-store in Sheboygan, said The Sheboygan Press. The store, expected to open May 1, will replace the store on the same property. The existing Qmart will stay open during construction, will be torn down after the new store opens. The new Qmart will be the second of the new-style Qmart stores. It will have more parking, a beer cave and will offer take-home foods such as Chester Fried Chicken. The company acquired the old store in 2007 from Ryan Oil Co. along with several other properties. "We have an 800-sq.-ft. store that basically cannot support the needs of the community," John Winter, vice president of planning and development for Quality State Oil, the parent company for the 20-store Qmart chain, told the paper. "You have to go a couple of miles at least to the closest grocery store. So it's really going to be a grocery store fill-in opportunity for the neighbors and save them some time and some money."

Express Convenience Stores, a division of U.S. Oil Inc., Combined Locks, opened a new drive-thru in Ballard in early January, the company said on Twitter.

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