Open & Shut for April 2014

The month's roundup of new convenience store openings and more

Published in CSP Daily News

By  Greg Lindenberg, Online Editor

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- This edition of the Open & Shut digest of new convenience store openings, store remodels and store closings features listings for April 2014.

The unscientific, monthly "snapshot" of newly opened or closed U.S. c-stores, gas station, truckstops and travel centers not previously reported in CSP Daily News has been arranged by state. Click through each item for more details on each store.

And please send your new-store announcements to glindenberg@cspnet.com.

Arkansas

Kum & Go opens a third 5,000-square-foot convenience store in Paragould, Ark., on April 11. The new store offers freshly made-to-order pizzas, baked goods and breakfast and deli sandwiches ­all prepared daily in Kum & Go's onsite kitchen. Outside, a wide variety of fuel options give customers more value and choices at the pump, including diesel and E-85 fuel.

California

A new, approximately 2,400-square-foot 7-Eleven c-store and gas station in Santee, Calif., has been sold for $3.08 million.

Propel Fuels opened a new station in Lakewood, Calif., on April 30. It offered free E-85 and biodiesel (B20) from April 30 to May 3.

Delaware

Wawa Inc. opened a new c-store in New Castle, Del., on April 25. ( Click here for slideshows of recent Wawa openings in several states.)

Florida

Gate Petroleum has opened a new c-store in Jacksonville, Fla., near the Town Center and the University of North Florida.

Cumberland Farms held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event April 29 for a new c-store in Hollywood, Fla. It also held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event on April 30 for a new c-store in Fort Pierce, Fla., the first in the area to debut the new look and store concept as part of the brand's multiyear remodeling initiative.

Wawa Inc. opened three c-stores in Florida: Clermont, April 17; St. Petersburg, April 24; and Largo, April 24.

Hawaii

Lex Brodie's Tire, Brake & Service Co. in Honolulu shut down its gasoline dispensers in early April after 50 years to focus on its tire and auto service business.

Idaho

Maverik Inc. has opened a new c-store in Meridian, Idaho.

Illinois

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a new travel stop in Oglesby, Ill., on I-39, at Exit 54, on April 10, its ninth in the state. It features a Hardee's restaurant, 86 truck parking spaces, seven showers and an on-site Love's Truck Tire Care center.

Len McEnery, a former executive for the former Gas City chain that was owned by his brother William, has opened his third gas station and c-store. Rt. 6 Food N Fuel opened in early April in New Lenox, Ill.

Indiana

The Swifty gas station in Richmond, Ind., was sold and closed on April 16. The Swifty chain, headquartered in Seymour, Ind., has been selling stations for the past several months.

Iowa

A new Casey's General Store in Murray, Iowa, opened for business in late April.

Minnesota

Kwik Trip took over the Watts Cookin' restaurant and Austin Auto Truck Plaza in mid-April, closed the business for several days and reopened it as a Kwik Trip. The company plans to start construction on a 7,000-square-foot truck stop in June or July. The current truck stop will remain open during construction.

Mississippi

The c-store in front of Leigh Mall in Columbus, Miss., that was closed for approximately three months is back in business with new management under the name E Z Shop. Midstates Petroleum, which bought a handful of gas stations from Sanders Oil Co. last year, is the owner. In addition to selling fuel, drinks and snacks, it also offers cellular phone and computer repair services. 

Nebraska

Micoley.com is selling a combination gas station and c-store property in Oakland, Neb.

New Hampshire

Tranzon Auction Properties has announced the sale of two Hanscom's truckstops in Portsmouth, N.H.

New York

A Union Springs, N.Y., gas station and c-store is closed. After a volatile week marked by confrontations between fighting factions within the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York, the Cayuga County branch of Lakeside Trading shut down April 29 after briefly opening.

North Carolina

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. has opened a new location in Salisbury, N.C., on I-85 at Exit 71. The new location has 85 truck parking spaces, seven showers and a Love's Truck Tire Care center, as well as Chester's and McDonald's foodservice.

North Dakota

Jodi and Timothy McGowan opened a c-store, the Comet, in Alexander, N.D., in mid-April, aimed at giving locals a place to buy milk and basic groceries without battling highway traffic. The small town had a c-store, but it closed after an expanded truckstop opened outside of town.

Ohio

Focaccia's Market has opened in the Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate concourse, which marks a return of c-store retailing to downtown Toledo, Ohio, after nearly a seven-year absence. The market, which features sundries, Starbucks, sandwiches, salads, soup, desserts and other items from Focaccia's Deli in the nearby HCR ManorCare building.

Giant Eagle has opened a new GetGo c-store in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

South Carolina

Frank's Service Center, one of the last locations in Hartsville, S.C., to offer full-service gasolune, closed its doors in early April.

Texas

Susser Holdings Corp. held the grand opening fiesta and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newest Stripes Convenience Store in Houston, Texas, on April 11.

Virginia

A new Circle K c-store with Shell fuel opened in Harrisonburg, Va., on April 4; it is part of the Circle K Franchise system.

Part for CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers