FORT WORTH, Texas—Yesway last week opened two new Allsup’s stores in Texas, the latest in a series of 27 new-to-industry stores and raze-and-rebuild efforts that the fast-growing convenience chain will undertake within both the Yesway and Allsup’s portfolios during the next 18 months.
The Bangs, Texas, Allsup’s store features a forecourt with 16 fueling positions and 5,500 square feet of interior merchandising space. A diesel island with three fuel bays is slated to open in early June. In addition to fuel and diesel, customers visiting this new 24-hour location will find their favorite Allsup’s burritos, hot foods and snacks, plus a new trucker/automotive section, a large selection of Hispanic foods and a beer cave. The new stores offers Western Union service, ATM availability, and Amazon Lockers and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream are soon to come. Allsup’s will hold a grand opening celebration for the Bangs community June 13-19.
The new Wall, Texas, store, which was built on-site and adjacent to the existing Allsup’s location, also boasts nearly 5,500 square feet of interior merchandising space joining with its recently refurbished fuel forecourt with 24 fueling positions and five high-flow diesel fueling lanes. The new prototype store replaces the former Allsup’s store at the site.
“We are pleased to bring this new, larger store format to our loyal customers in Texas,” said Tom Trkla, chairman and chief executive officer of Yesway. “We are also dedicated to supporting the communities we serve, and in honor of the grand opening of our new Wall location made a $2,500 donation to the Wall Independent School District for upgrades to its One Act Play stage lighting and sound system,” he added.
Yesway had earlier announced that it had raised an additional $235 million of equity capital, $135 million of which was to be invested in targeted real-estate capital projects. Throughout 2021 and into 2022, the company expects to complete new store builds and raze and rebuilds at 27 locations, resulting in additional new 5,500- and 6,300-square-foot prototype stores with expanded fuel and diesel platforms in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Construction has begun in Tuscola, Decatur and Slaton, Texas with multiple sites to follow, the company said.
In addition to its raze and rebuild initiatives, Yesway is undertaking major remodels of about 63 additional Yesway and Allsup’s stores in Texas and New Mexico, the first 11 of which are now complete.
NACS Magazine profiled Yesway and its integration of Allsup’s in “Leave the Tech, Take the Burrito” in the November 2020 issue. And listen to Derek Gaskins, chief marketing officer for Yesway, in Convenience Matters Episode No. 267, “Always Be Closing: A Conversation with Derek Gaskins.”
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