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NATIONAL REPORT - The convenience store industry landscape is constantly changing as chains open and close stores each week. On a regular basis, Convenience Store News highlights these comings and goings in this special roundup.
Here are the latest company spotlights:
Aloha Petroleum Ltd.
Aloha Petroleum celebrated the opening of its first Aloha-branded fueling station in Lahaina, Maui, with a three-day celebration June 12-14. The grand opening featured prize giveaways, including a 51-inch plasma HDTV, and in-store specials on food and beverage items.
The company rebranded the location from Shell to Aloha during a four-month, $600,000 renovation project, upgrading the location to Aloha’s new design and image program.
CEFCO Convenience Stores
CEFCO opened a new store in Salado, Texas, that marks its 16th 5,000-square-foot prototype location opened over the past several years. The new Salado store is the fourth prototype location opened so far in 2014.
CEFCO has several other new stores planned to open later this year as well. Its prototype locations incorporate a number of innovative enhancements made possible by an open, fresh design with modern treatments and upgraded finishes.
Cumberland Farms Inc.
As part of Cumberland Farms’ multiyear initiative to remodel its nearly 550 stores with a renewed focus on foodservice, the chain closed its store in Philmont, N.Y., but reopened it recently.
Featured amenities include a new menu; flat-screen televisions in-store; a newly installed order counter; additional display cases for everything from cold sandwiches to fresh-baked pastries; state-of-the-art ovens; and a station for Cumberland Farms signature label coffee.
The retailer celebrated the Philmont store's grand reopening by making a $1,000 donation to the Taconic Hills Central District’s Summer Enrichment Program.
One-third of Cumberland Farms' stores have already been remodeled by the Framingham, Mass.-based company, which operates locations in New England and Florida.
Meanwhile, in Ayer, Mass., the chain is closing its store there after 49 years of business. The store's lease expires June 30. No further explanation for the closure was given, according to local media reports.
Kwik Trip Inc.
Kwik Trip purchased a former Clark gas station and two other buildings on the southwest corner of Williams and Marshall streets in Lake Geneva, Wis. After cleaning up the land, the company plans to build a 6,000-square-foot store with six fuel pumps and a one-bay car wash.
The new gas station/convenience store will cost about $3 million and employ up to 30 people. Plans are to complete the construction by the end of August. The Lake Geneva Kwik Trip is one of 30 new stores the company is opening this year.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Love’s recently opened two travel stops, one in Dodge City, Kan., and the other in Grand Junction, Col. The new locations are strategically positioned to cover a gap in services for Love's professional driver customers.
The Dodge City location features a Chester’s International restaurant, 31 truck parking spaces and three showers. The Grand Junction location has a Carl’s Jr. restaurant, 80 truck parking spaces, seven showers and an on-site Love’s Truck Tire Care center.