Stripes Broadens Move Into Central Texas
WACO, Texas – Stripes selected three new locations in the Waco area where it hopes to open new stores, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. The sites are part of the convenience store chain's goal of adding 10 new central Texas stores as it expands from south and west Texas.
Two of the new locations are on China Spring Road, one at the intersection with Flat Rock Road and one at Farm to Market Road 185, and the third is at FM 185 and State Highway 6, west of the twin bridges, according to the report.
A groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place on April 16, most likely at New Road and Bagby Avenue, near the Waco Independent School District sports complex, where crews have already begun work. The site will eventually hold a 6,844-square-foot store that will offer fuel, snacks and beverages, and a Laredo Taco Co. restaurant.
Stripes' Public Relations Manager Sharon Yon recently visited Waco to tour the community, reported the news outlet. "This the first time I had seen the locations firsthand, and I also wanted to make some quick introductions to people in the community," Yon stated.
The chain recently began working to ramp up its presence in the region, as CSNews Online previously reported.
"We put a lot of time and thought into where we put our new stores, with our real estate department heavily involved in planning," Yon added.
Deals on three other sites are likely to close soon, as the company continues negotiations on two others, stated real estate agent Bland Cromwell, who is working with Stripes to identify more prime sites for development.
Corpus Christi, Texas-based Stripes, owned by Susser Holdings Corp., operates more than 550 c-stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.