Last week in Rome, Facebook was filled with fond memories of the Evans Store Parts and Deli as the Evans’ family sold ownership after decades of relationships in Coosa.
Little has changed with the virtual oasis in the community: the deli, parts store and general store all remain with many of the same faces. But already people are talking about missing relationships and speculating about the sale.
One item that might be a consideration is the status of Plant Hammond given Georgia Power’s recent announcement. Another speculation was increasing competition with RaceTrac under way some six miles from Evans across from Jack’s and Sonic in West Rome.
What is clear is this: The supersized convenience stores such as RaceTrac, QuikTrip and now Speedway are stepping up with $5 million stores, plenty of gas pumps, ever-growing food offerings and then the everyday items you find in such operations.
RaceTrac by far has been the most aggressive with a store in Calhoun (2014), a major makeover of the one on U.S. 41 in Cartersville (2016), the less-than-year-old campus at Martha Berry and the Armuchee Connector that has been a huge hit, and now new stores in West Rome as well as the one in the above picture on Main Street near I-75 in Cartresville. Both RaceTracs are due in early 2020.
Speedway is raising its hand with another seven-digit store at U.S. 411 and Ga. 20 just as you turn toward I-75 after getting off U.S. 41.
QuickTrip has been relatively quiet since a pad was basically readied at LakePoint in Emerson. It has stores in Cartersville and Adairsville.
And don’t forget the new Love’s truck stop coming to Union Grove south of Calhoun; hiring is under way. While different from the super convenience stores, Love’s also competes for a similar dollar.