Open & Shut for March 2014

The month's roundup of new-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 March 2014.

The unscientific, monthly "snapshot" of 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.

Alabama

Murphy USA opened a store in Springville, Ala.

Shop24 held a grand opening for its latest automated c-store at the University of Alabama's The Retreat at Lake Tamaha off-campus housing complex in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Arkansas

The J & P Flash Market Convenience Store & Fuel Center in Salem, Ark., closed in mid-March. The company will focus its attention on a nearby location it bought several years ago.

Kum & Go opened a second 5,000-square-foot c-store in Conway, Ark.

California

AU Energy, one of Northern California's largest operators of Shell gas stations, opened its newest location in Daly City, Calif. "This location will offer premium Shell gasoline, an 1,800-square-foot retail center and other amenities to motorists," said Nick Goyal, CEO of AU Energy. It also features the company's sixth Loop Marketplace c-store, which offers organic, healthy foods, a salad bar, espresso and frozen yogurt.

A Gas for Less gas station opened in Big Bear Valley, Calif.

Imperial Beach, Calif., 7-Eleven owners Dottie and Roger Sandoval have passed the torch to a new owner after 40 years. They will focus their efforts on a store on Picador, Calif.

A 7-Eleven store in San Mateo Heights, Calif., has closed after a legal settlement between the city and 7-Eleven Inc. In 2012, city planners mistakenly approved the store. The City Council reversed that decision after the market had opened. The property owner and 7-Eleven sued to overturn that decision and lost. 7-Eleven issued a statement saying it was disappointed not to prevail in court. It said it tried to appease neighbors by reducing the noise of delivery trucks and performing extra litter patrols. "In good faith and relying on the permits that were issued by the city, we opened this location and operated our retail business as a legally existing, nonconforming use in the area," the statement read. "We want to thank our loyal customers for their support throughout the legal process and during the time that we were in business at North San Mateo Drive. We know that they will miss our products and services, as we will miss serving them."

Florida

An old Chevron gas station in Greenacres, Fla., has been replaced with a Cumberland Farms station and c-store.

Wawa Inc. opened a new c-store in Tampa, Fla.

Georgia

Twice Daily opened a new c-store in Smyrna, Ga.

Hawaii

7-Eleven Hawaii held a grand opening for its Kingsgate location.

Illinois

The Illinois Tollway Authority closed the Des Plaines Oasis and is removing the over-the-road structure as part of the $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding & Widening Project. The two adjoining fuel stations and c-stores operated by 7-Eleven will remain open to provide services for both eastbound and westbound travelers.

A BP gas station in Edwardsville, Ill., has closed. Although it could not sell fuel, it liquidated its c-store merchandise under a court order that granted the owner permission to sell off the inventory without interference from Buck's Inc., which owns the property and has supplied gasoline for six years.

Maine

Cumberland Farms held grand openings for c-stores in Gardiner and Winthrop, Maine.

Mississippi

MAPCO Mart opened its newest store in Southaven, Miss. It offers S. It features Chester's Chicken and My Deli.

New York

Mirabito Energy Products opened a new location in Oneonta, N.Y. The new Mirabito Convenience Plaza is more than double the size of their former store that stood in the same place.
 
Stewart Shops reopened a remodeled c-store in Schenectady, N.Y.

Oklahoma

QuikTrip opened a new c-store in Tulsa, Okla.

South Carolina

QuikTrip opened a new location in Rock Hill, S.C.

Texas

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores opened a new travel stop in Andrews, Texas, on U.S. Highway 385. The model for the new store is the first of its kind for the company. Its design allows the company to expand beyond interstates to major highways across the nation. "Andrews is an ideal place to introduce the new concept," said Greg Love, co-CEO of Love's. "Our loyal customers operate all over the country and they've indicated gaps in driver services and amenities exist beyond the interstate system.

Susser announced the double grand openings of the newest Stripes Convenience Stores in Temple, Texas.

West Virginia

Little General Stores opened a razed and rebuilt c-store in MacArthur, W.Va. In I-77, Exit 42. This location offers BP fuel, an Arby's Restaurant with drive-thru and a Subway Restaurant.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers