PHOTO GALLERY: What’s in Store – October 2021



At 6,000 square feet – the retailer’s largest store – it’s considered Huck’s flagship store. The location’s dining option includes a Huck Kitchen featuring an extensive range of fresh produce prepared daily, Chicken Cluck, Sponsor’s Express Pizza, a full dining menu, and third-party food delivery options.

Love’s travel stops

Love’s Travel Stops now serves customers in Grant Park, Illinois, and Mims, Florida.

The new travel stop at Grant Park is the company’s 30th location in Illinois and adds more than 80 parking spaces in Kankakee County. Covering more than 8,000 square feet, its facilities include 33 truck parking spaces, 51 car parking spaces, five diesel bays, four showers and laundry facilities. It also offers a Chester Chicken and Godfather’s Pizza.

The Mims Travel Stop is Love’s 19th location in Florida and adds more than 180 parking spaces in Brevard County. Covering over 11,000 square feet, its facilities include 93 truck parking spaces, 87 car parking spaces, four RV parking spaces, eight diesel bays, seven showers, laundry facilities and a park. for dogs. It also has a Hardee’s and Speedco is expected to open at a later date.

Both locations also offer gourmet coffee beans, a Fresh Kitchen concept and a Mobile to Go area.

Mirabito Convenience Stores

Mirabito called customers to a new location in Binghamton, NY on September 27. The convenience store has a kiosk ordering system and drive-thru service. Plans for an additional store in the area are under consideration.

RaceTrac Oil

Ten months after entering Alabama, RaceTrac continues to grow in the state with its third c-store. Chelsea’s location on US Highway 280 offers take-out food and fresh coffee.

The site follows openings in Gardendale and Oxford, and the retailer plans to open a location in Alabaster later this year, marking its fourth location in the state.

Joe’s Soap

Soapy Joe’s called customers to its brand new location in San Diego on September 15. The opening festivities included free Magic Joe car washes, food, prizes, and a live appearance from Soapy, Soapy Joe’s mascot.


Thorntons opened its first store in the Bolingbrook community of Chicagoland on October 15 and its first store in the community of Crystal Lake on October 22.

The two take-out outlets offer a variety of features to serve our consumers on the go, including: self-checkout, LED lighting for safety and energy efficiency; freshly made burritos and sandwiches throughout the day in the store’s on-site kitchen; a variety of drinks, including fresh coffee beans and fountain drinks with ice chips; a rear diesel island; and the new Pro Driver rewards program for professional drivers.

TravelCenters of America Inc. (TA)

TA welcomed a new TA Express travel center in Almeda, Texas at the start of October. TA Express is a franchise site, formerly known as Swift Mart, and expands the operator’s total nationwide network of travel centers to 276, including 43 franchise locations.

As part of the conversion to TA Express, the site has been redesigned to include new toilets, showers, laundry facilities and a driving lounge.

TA Express Almeda offers a travel store with coffee, snacks and merchandise; 65 parking spaces for trucks; 25 parking spaces; four diesel refueling stations with diesel exhaust fluid on all tracks; 12 TA brand petrol refueling stations; three showers; a driver’s lounge; and a laundromat. A pet area is coming soon.

Food programs include Subway, Gourmet Taco Kitchen, and an on-site grocery store with hot and cold options.

“Franchising our TA Express brand has allowed us to expand our network to serve more travelers,” said Jon Pertchik, CEO of TA. “We are delighted to have another updated and refreshed facility for the many professional drivers and motorists passing through the Houston area.”



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