Five more convenience stores with restaurants will open throughout Central Texas as a Corpus Christi company continues to expand its brand.
Susser Holdings Corporation, owner of combined convenience store and restaurant chain Stripes and the Laredo Taco Company, plans to open two stores in Killeen this year. New stores also will go up in Copperas Cove, Gatesville and Temple in 2014. The company has opened locations in Temple and Lampasas.
“We recognize the growth of this area, and Killeen and the other cities are strategically located on a corridor between Dallas and San Antonio,” said Jessica Davila-Burnett, Stripes public relations director. “We want to be a part of the growth in serving the people of Killeen and Central Texas.”
Several hundred people turned out for the Lampasas store’s grand opening in January. The store brought 30 jobs to the community.
The company’s current model of convenience store, which features a gas station, is about 7,000 square feet and hires between 30 and 40 people, Davila-Burnett said.
Stripes locations are expected to generate somewhere between $5 and $7 million in sales during their first year, Steven C. DeSutter, president and CEO of Stripes, said at the Lampasas grand opening.
Stripes has more than 580 stores, a company news release stated. Last year, the company expanded the Stripes brand by 30 stores, and it purchased another convenience store chain in late January.
Susser purchased 47 Sac-n-Pack convenience stores between San Antonio and Austin, a news release from the company stated. The company will continue to operate those locations but may rebrand into Stripes later.
The new local stores will be at the following intersections:
Trimmier Avenue and Stagecoach Road in Killeen (opening this fall).
W.S. Young Drive and Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen (opening this summer).
U.S. Highway 190 and Avenue D, in front of Additional Storage, in Copperas Cove (opening this winter).
Business 36 and U.S. Highway 84 in Gatesville (opening this summer).
Second Temple location in the 5500 block of West Adams Avenue (opening this spring).