Sandy Affects C-Store, Gasoline Business
The convenience store industry is watching Sandy. While travel center chains Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Pilot Flying J announced preparations late last week, other c-store retailers are making store-by-store plans. Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Quick Chek announced on its Facebook page that it would close its Highlands, N.J., store, located at 470 Navesink Ave., and promised further updates. Meanwhile, Wawa stated on its website it will try to stay open to serve consumers who will need supplies. A list of the chain's closed stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware is on the company's Alerts page. As for gas stations, demand spiked this weekend as motorists filled up their cars in advance of the storm. In Connecticut, one million drivers arrived at 1,400 gas stations -- approximately three times as many as normal -- within a few days of Sandy's arrival, said Eugene A. Guilford Jr., president of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association. Gas and heating oil prices rose over the weekend as refineries began to prepare for Sandy's arrival. More than two-thirds of the East Coast's refining capacity shut down as of Monday morning.