Open & Shut for May 2014

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

Published in CSP Daily News

By
Greg Lindenberg, Online Editor

Cumberland Farms, Lexington, Mass. (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)

Anelise Perez prepares to cut the ribbon at the new Cumberland Farms convenience store in Lexington, Mass.

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

Many of the stores are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains, some part of CSP's Convenience Top 101.

The unscientific, monthly "snapshot" of newly opened or closed U.S. convenience 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.

Alabama

Hagen Realty Group is offering a former retail petroleum outlet with c-store situated on 2.98 acres in Montgomery, Ala. The 1,890-square-foot c-store was constructed in 1981 and renovated in 2000.

Arkansas

Kum & Go opens its first c-store in Benton, Ark., on May 2. The 5,000-square-foot store was designed, constructed and submitted for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification. (See Kum & Go's Top 101 listing.)

California

May 2 marked the opening of a new Street Corner c-store franchise at The Great Mall of the Bay in Milipitas, Calif. The chain opens stores in small and underused spaces in shopping malls, universities and other environments. The new, 624-square-foot location is the chain's 46th.

Sierra Energy opened a new c-store on May 15, with the grand opening of Sierra Super Stop in Wallace, Calif.

Colorado

Kum & Go opened a new c-store May 23 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 5,000-square-foot store was designed, constructed and submitted for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Florida

Wawa opened new c-stores in Orlando and Kissimmee, Fla., on May 1 and in Lakeland, Fla., on May 15. (See Wawa's Top 101 listing.)

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores opened its second travel stop in Fort Pierce, Fla., on May 8. (See Love's Top 101 listing.)

Georgia

The Moultrie-Colquitt County (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Plymel Foods, a gas station that includes a Chester's Chicken, pizza, yogurt, donuts and convenience food and beverages.

Iowa

TravelCenters of America opened a truckstop on May 2, acquired in Oct. 2013, in Brooklyn, Iowa, rebranded to its TA brand, the company's third in the state. (See TravelCenters of America's Top 101 listing.)

Maine

Gimbel & Sons Country Store in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, has been in operation since 1971. As of May 17, it will also become a convenience store, adding cigarettes, snacks, soda, juice, energy drinks, teas and Oakhurst orange juice, milk, eggs and yogurt. It will also be adding an ATM.

Maryland

Columbia Village LLC of Vienna, Va., purchased a 3,153-square-foot c-store in Columbia, Md., for $1.2 million, Spence Hill Associatesannounced on May 15. The property is net leased to 7-Eleven Inc.

Royal Farms held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 23 to celebrate the grand opening of a c-store in Queen Anne, Md. The store is built to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards. (See Royal Farms' Top 101 listing.)

Massachusetts

Cumberland Farms held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new c-store in Lexington, Mass., on May 12. It also opened a new c-store in mid-May in Sturbridge, Mass. (See Cumberland Farms' Top 101 listing.)

New Hampshire

A private buyer purchased two Hanscom's truckstops (northbound and southbound) in Portsmouth, N.H., at an auction on May 21.

New Jersey

A new 7-Eleven c-store in Berkeley Heights, N.J. , held a grand opening celebration on May 10. (See 7-Eleven's Top 101 listing.)

Wawa opened a new c-store in Neptune Township, N.J., on May 16.

New Mexico

Pilot Flying J opened a new Pilot Travel Center in Hobbs, N.M., on May 12, its eighth location in the state. (See Pilot Flying J's Top 101 listing.)

New York

Cumberland Farms held a grand opening May 23 for its newly renovated Glenmont, N.Y., c-store.

Noco Energy has purchased a Mobile Mart in Buffalo, N.Y.'s Elmwood Village, for $1.6 million. It became a NOCO Express on May 23 and has renovated the c-store, which will continue to carry Mobil fuel.

Stewart's Shops opened a replacement c-store in Guilderland, N.Y., on May 29. Demolition of the old shop will begin soon and a new gas island will be constructed and will be up and running in late June or early July. (See Stewart's Shops' Top 101 listing.)

Oklahoma

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 15 for its return to Choctaw, Okla.

E-Z Mart opened a new c-store in Idabel, Okla., on May 23. (See E-Z Mart's Top 101 listing.)

Pennsylvania

Wawa opened a new c-store in Phoenixville, Pa., on May 16.

Tennessee

Fast Stop Markets has opened a new c-store with Marathon gasoline in Columbia, Tenn.

Texas

Pilot Flying J opened a new Pilot Travel Center in Big Lake, Texas, on May 5.

Buc-ee's opened a new 60,000-square-foot mega-convenience store in Texas City, Texas, on May 7. It has 57 fueling positions.

On May 14, CEFCO Convenience Stores opened a new store in Salado, Texas. It is the 16th 5,000-square-foot prototype location, the fourth prototype opened in 2014. (See CEFCO's Top 101 listing.)

Stripes Convenience Stores opened a new c-store and Laredo Taco Co. in Alamo, Texas, on May 28. (See Susser's Top 101 listing.)

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

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers