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    Holiday Stationstores, TravelCenters Open Stores

    The convenience chain opens one store while closing another, and TravelCenters opens two locations.

    BILLINGS, Mont. -- Holiday Stationstores will open a new store here on Dec. 27, regional director for the company, Val Jeffries, told the Billings Gazette, adding that the store here on Alkali Creek will be closing.

    Despite its good location for the neighborhood, Jeffries told the paper the location has underperformed compared with its other eight convenience stores in the area.

    "The economics of it are, Alkali Creek isn't profitable," she told the Gazette. "It never has been."

    She added that only during years where the gasoline margin was above 20 cents per gallon did the store make money.

    Holiday Stationstores opted to close the store rather than completing the lease, in effort to save money, the report stated.

    All five employees from that location transferred to the store on the far West End of Billings, Mont., according to the report.

    In other new store news, Westlake, Ohio-based TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) opened two new facilities recently, in Greenwood, La., and Gadsden, Ala., the company stated. The stores bring the company's number of locations to more than 235.

    The 32-acre location in Louisiana is located along Interstate 20, and was formerly the Kelly's Truck Stop. There, travelers can eat at Kelly's Café & Grille in a 100-seat section. In addition, a Subway quick-serve restaurant offers seating for 12 customers.

    The location also offers a 3,000-square-foot store that is open 24 hours a day. The center also offers 24-hour light repair and maintenance through with a three-bay truck service center for professional drivers.

    The site also features nine diesel lanes, a 150-space truck parking area, Cat scales, a truck wash, a lounge area with WiFi access, a game room, a laundry room, a barber and ten showers. The site also participates in the RoadKing Club rewards program, allowing members to earn points on qualifying purchases.

    In addition, the location offers Texaco-branded gasoline and diesel for cars through eight motorist fueling positions and 75 parking spaces. For RVs, there are 44 dedicated parking spots and a dump area.

    Meanwhile, TA opened a 24-hour Petro:Lube facility in Gadsden, Ala., the chain's 68th truck maintenance and repair center under the Petro:Lube brand, TruckingInfo.com reported.

    The shop features six bays, and is an enhancement to the Petro Stopping Center at 1724 West Grand Ave. off I-59, the report stated.

    Petro:Lube facilities provide quick lube services, tires, preventive maintenance services and light truck repair, according to the report.

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