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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:
Dash In Food Stores Inc.
Dash In Food Stores Inc. marked the opening of its Urbana, Md., location on Aug. 8.
The 3,200-square-foot Dash In store offers a chef-driven menu of sandwiches along with healthy snacks and drinks, Shell Nitrogen-enriched fuel, and a Splash In Eco Car Wash with a five-brush-soft-touch system and Simoniz-brand chemistry.
The inside boasts rich wood fixtures, granite countertops and wood grain floor tiles. A filmstrip of historical images stretches across the walls, and pays homage to the charm and beauty of Maryland.
Throughout the store, Dash In has included self-serve kiosks and digital monitors that highlight the day's menu options and monthly promotions.
Kum & Go LC
Kum & Go welcomed customers to its new 5,000-square-foot convenience store in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept 17.
The store is designed to provide fast and friendly service for customers, offering a wide array of freshly made-to-order pizzas, baked goods and breakfast and deli sandwiches — all prepared daily in Kum & Go's on-site kitchen.
The forecourt features several fuel options, including diesel, E85 and E15, which are only available in approximately 120 locations nationwide. During the next two years, Kum & Go plans to make E15 available at more than 65 stores across Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
New Kum & Go stores are designed, constructed and submitted for LEED certification. The retailer now has more than 100 LEED Certified stores.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores
Love's Travel Stops reopened its doors for business on Aug. 8 in Van Horn, Texas. The travel stop along Interstate 10 underwent a three-month raze-and-rebuild process.
The new store is 3,000-square-feet bigger and has more showers. Customers can also enjoy gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift items, name-brand electronics and a larger Subway restaurant.
The 24/7 travel stop features four showers, 35 parking spaces and RFID cardless fueling. A new Love's Truck Tire Care center will open at a later date.
"The reopening of this store is an example of our goal to keep our nationwide store network new and fresh," said Greg Love, co-CEO of Love's. "We're committed to building new locations and improving current facilities. The brand-new store in Van Horn provides customers with all new amenities and we're excited to reopen for our customers and team members."
Love's also opened its second location along Interstate 27 in Lubbock, Texas, on Sept. 3. The new store features Chester's and Subway restaurants, a game room, gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift items, name-brand electronics and more.
The 24/7 travel stop has seven showers, 70 parking spaces, a Love's Truck Tire Care center, RFID cardless fueling, CAT scales and other driver services.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) welcomed motorists to its renovated Valley Forge Service Plaza on Aug. 8. The reopening also marked the completion of the last of 17 turnpike rest stops to be modernized under a public-private partnership begun nearly a decade ago.
The plaza overhauls were made possible by a 30-year, public-private redevelopment initiative launched in 2006 when the turnpike signed agreements with Bethesda, Md.-based HMSHost Corp. and Sunoco Inc. of Philadelphia. Under the contracts, HMSHost Corp. committed $100 million to rebuild 17 plazas, and Sunoco invested $70 million to redevelop the service stations and convenience stores.
"This public-private partnership has not only benefited our customers by providing updated, expanded facilities with broader food and beverage options, it also has allowed us to concentrate on our core mission: making a smoother, safer turnpike for our travelers," said PTC Chief Operating Officer Craig Shuey.