Retailers Celebrate New Sites Across the Country

Thorntons breaks ground in Illinois, Wawa enters North Carolina and other operators open stores.

April 12, 2024

Thorntons announced the groundbreaking of a new location in Markham, Illinois. Mayor Roger Agpawa, Economic Development Director Derrick Champion and Thorntons President Lisa Blalock will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony today, Friday, April 12, at 10:30 a.m. CT.

The new 5,500-square-foot store will bring 20 new jobs to the area. The store will include amenities such as:

  • Self-checkout
  • LED lighting for safety and energy efficiency
  • Freshly made burritos and sandwiches prepared in the store's onsite kitchen
  • Variety of beverages, including fresh bean-to-cup coffee and fountain beverages with nugget ice
  • 16 auto fueling positions and two diesel lanes

Wawa announced the date of its first store opening in North Carolina and shared additional details on stores under construction in the state. The initial location will be in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, with a grand opening date of Thursday, May 16.

Over the next 10 years, Wawa plans to build at least 80 stores across North Carolina markets, with the first 8 to 10 stores opening in 2024 and up to 15 stores opening in 2025, the company said.

To build each store, Wawa will invest approximately $7 million and employ 140 contractors and local partners, on average. Each store will employ about 35 associates, with Wawa expecting to create more than 2,800 new jobs in the state as a result of its expansion.

A new Casey’s is opening in Berrien Springs, Michigan, reported news.

According to the report, the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber said the new location will open on April 18. Since 2022, Casey’s has expanded its presence in Berrien County, opening locations in Bridgman and in Watervliet. Chamber President Arthur Havlicek said, “With the addition of Berrien Springs they continue to cement themselves as an industry leader, but more importantly a partner to Southwest Michigan.”

Jiffy Trip, an Enid, Oklahoma-based, family-owned convenience store chain, announced the opening of its 30th convenience store. The store opened in Roger, Arkansas, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Stinker Stores, based in Boise, Idaho, announced its latest opening in Nampa, Idaho, through its Facebook account, declaring “Here we grow again!”

Last month, Royal Farms announced its new store in Jessup, Maryland. The location will feature a carwash and gas station with 16 standard flow fueling positions and operate 24/7/365.