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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 Group opened a new Aloha Island Mart convenience store at a Shell gas station on Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea, Hawaii. The location celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 17, during which customers enjoyed giveaways, in-store specials and sweepstakes prizes, including $100 Shell gas cards and a 60-inch HD flatscreen television, according to BigIslandNow.com.
"The grand-opening events are our way of thanking the customers for their patience while we constructed the new Aloha Island Mart and Shell fueling station,” said Richard Parry, president and CEO of Aloha Petroleum." Over the last few years, we’ve focused on enhancing our convenience stores to better serve our customers no matter where they fuel up."
The new Waimea store is one of eight new and renovated Aloha Island Marts, and the second located near a Shell fueling station. Aloha Petroleum purchased Shell’s Hawaii assets in 2010 and continues to operate the Shell retail locations under the Shell brand per a long-term agreement.
CEFCO opened its newest location at 611 E. Marshall Ave., in Longview, Texas, on Jan. 14. This is the seventh prototype store reflecting the company’s new design, which incorporates a number of innovative enhancements made possible by an open, fresh design with modern treatments and upgraded finishes.
The new Longview store is part of CEFCO’s stated growth strategy of adding up to eight organic locations per year, in addition to the 128 Food Fast and Taylor stores it’s acquired since August 2011. CEFCO currently operates 250 convenience stores in seven states.
HappySpeedy, a new online convenience store that allows customers to shop for food and essentials online and have them delivered directly to their homes, is now operating throughout a number of areas in Boston. The company has a $12 order minimum and a $2.95 delivery fee. The goal is to deliver in less than 30 minutes.
For more information, visit www.happyspeedy.com.
A new Shop 24 kiosk opened in mid-November near The Enclaves and The Gateway Towers in south Philadelphia, offering residents a variety of convenience and grocery items. The 9-foot-tall vending machine kiosk, standing at 130 square feet, offers 200 items, according to a Newsworks.org report.
Stewart’s Shops is planning to open a 3,384-square-foot store on Route 29 in Galway, N.Y., which would be the largest in the company’s chain of 325 locations. Groundbreaking on the new store is scheduled for March, and construction is expected to be completed in May, the Saratogian reported.
The location is a former Dick & Jerry’s store and gas station, which Stewart’s purchased for $400,000 in bankruptcy court, according to the news outlet. The project, including the property, site work, construction and new gas pumps, will cost approximately $1.25 million. The company is also seeking approval for three other new locations in Cobleskill, Colonie and Bethlehem, N.Y., and hopes to replace three existing stores with larger ones in Rotterdam, Cohoes and Glenville, N.Y., the report stated. The total investment will be nearly $9 million.
Stripes Convenience Stores, a division of Susser Holdings Corp., opened its newest location in Odessa, Texas, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sep. 28. As part of the celebration, the company presented a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Odessa.