Grand Rapid, Mich. — On August 27, 2018, Meijer opened a newly-designed convenience store and gas station adjacent to the retailer’s Grand Rapids, Mich.-based headquarters. The new 5,500-square-foot convenience store is the first Meijer gas station to include a separate full-service Starbucks. The store also includes an expanded assortment of fresh produce and protein-based snacks, wraps, fruit and organic items, as well as grab-and-go meals prepared locally by Superior Foods.
Cincinnati and Blackburn, U.K. — The Kroger Co. and EG Group, a privately-held petrol forecourt convenience store retailer based in Blackburn, Lancashire, U.K., have agreed to the sale of Kroger’s convenience store business unit to EG Group for $2.15 billion. The companies expect to close the transaction during the first quarter of Kroger’s fiscal year.
Laval, Quebec — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Couche-Tard), one of the world’s largest convenience store retailers with over 15,000 stores globally, has announced new full-service franchise opportunities with its Circle K brand in Canada. The expansion marks the first time the Circle K brand will be franchised in Canada with the offer initially targeting the Ontario province.
Irving, Texas — As Hurricane Irma approached the southeastern U.S. on September 11, 2017, 7‑Eleven® pledged a $150,000 donation to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts.
Knoxville, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, expanded its number of Pilot and Flying J stores in 2016 by adding 58 additional locations to its network. Through PFJ Southeast LLC, a joint venture with Speedway LLC, Pilot Flying J completed the conversion of 41 former Speedway/Wilco locations throughout the Southeastern United States.
Philadelphia — CDI Studio One, the architecture division of L.R. Kimball – a CDI Company, has completed the new office complex/operation center for Sheetz, Inc., the $7.2 billion, family-owned and operated convenience store giant. Located on the Sheetz corporate campus midway between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, the project includes a 115,000-square-foot modern headquarters and operation Center and an adjacent 13,000-square-foot daycare center.
Detroit — Campbell Oil Company, owners of the Minuteman Food Mart/Marathon convenience store, partnered with Little Caesars Enterprises, Inc. to open the first Little Caesars Express site in the nation in June 2016, located inside one of its convenience stores in Supply, N.C.
Irving, Texas — 7-Eleven, Inc., the largest convenience retail chain in the world, recently celebrated the opening of its 60,000th store. 7-Eleven® started out as Southland Ice Company in Oak Cliff, Texas, in 1927. In 1946, with stores open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the name was changed to 7-Eleven. Stores started staying open around the clock in 1971.
San Antonio — CST Brands, Inc., a San Antonio-based Fortune 500 fuel and convenience retailer with more than 1,000 stores, plans a total brand makeover that will start in San Antonio and spread outward, creating a network of rebranded stores within 3 years.
Dallas — 7-Eleven, Inc. has closed on the acquisition of approximately 180 Tedeschi Food Shops, based in Rockland, Mass. This transaction adds to 7-Eleven’s existing 150 7-Eleven® stores in the greater Boston and southern New Hampshire area.