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WACO, Texas – Stripes broke ground on the first of several Waco-area stores yesterday, reported Fox 55 KWKT. The beginning of the construction of the new store at 1801 S. New Road marks the convenience store chain's official entry into the market.
"Waco is such a great community," stated Steve DeSutter, Stripes' president and CEO. "The people are friendly, the community is steeped in history, and we think it will be a terrific place to do business. We knew our stores would be a great match in the heart of central Texas."
Corpus Christi, Texas-based Stripes, owned by Susser Holdings Corp., operates more than 550 c-stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The company's expansion to the Waco region is expected to provide up to 30 new jobs per store, with its first new location scheduled to open by July.
As of March, the retailer purchased five sites upon which it plans to build new stores, as CSNews Online previously reported. Earlier this month, it selected three other new locations where it hopes to add stores.
DeSutter, members of the company's leadership team and Stripes’ mascot attended this week's groundbreaking celebration. A longtime supporter of the Children's Miracle Network, the company also made a special presentation to McLane Children's Scott & White hospital during the groundbreaking event.
"Partnering with our communities, we have contributed significantly to improving the lives of children through improved health and education," DeSutter said. "We look forward to working together with Waco to continue this tradition."