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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!

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Imagine An Allsup's Without Gas Pumps....

Posted 08-16-2022 at 08:59 PM by case44


A prominent West Texas convenience store chain has simply decided to stick its neck out and do something different. So, when Allsup's finally chose to take that dive into the Lubbock cityscape, it did so with what it would rather be known for instead what would have been obvious.

You see, Allsup's typically has the convenience store and the gas pump. For whatever reason, the chain ventured into Lubbock and made the choice to put itself in an unusual location, prompting a different format. They're in a storefront corridor on University Avenue right across from Texas Tech University. They do not feature gas pumps here. None. Just a convenience store with their well-known burritos and taco sauce, plus other favorites. Now, if you want to get some Allsup's gas, then you'll need to trudge over to nearby Wolfforth or Idalou for the total package, but not here on University.

Some people might make the argument that they're partially conceding to competitors Circle K and Toot'n Totum, who are both getting aggressive and building gas pumps in the Hub City at multiple sites, along with their brand of stores. Over time, we'll see just how Allsup's makes out with their new format, whether that gets used exclusively elsewhere in Lubbock, or whether they'll sneak in a gas pump here and there. In any event, the Caprock is seeing some competition rising up.
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  1. Old Comment
    I hope another convenience store chain or two enter the market soon. Not exactly getting my hopes up, and haven’t heard or seen anything about that, but…

    Did just see that four new hotels are in the planning stages for LBK:
    https://tajhospitality.com/coming-soon/

    (Guess the Motel 6 should be opening VERY soon. Is that what was thought to be a Home2 Suites at MSF & Ave. Q? Or is that the Fairfield Inn listed? A lot of questions & not very many answers.)
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    Posted 08-17-2022 at 11:00 PM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    That Home2Suites may be separate and something TAJ is not planning, shoe. That one is listed on Lubbock in the Loop. Right now, only two hotels are currently listed on that site. Bad news, however; the Sheraton originally planned for the West End area has apparently been called off. Not sure if it's cancelled or if planners are holding off on it.
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    Posted 08-18-2022 at 08:06 PM by case44 case44 is online now
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    I hope another convenience store chain or two enter the market soon. Not exactly getting my hopes up, and haven’t heard or seen anything about that, but…
    Evidently, you must not be a big fan of Toot'n Totum or Circle K. Both, as I pointed out, are making some serious inroads in Lubbock right now. At the outset, their first phases will total about 13 locations. On that subject, keep one thing in mind: QuikTrip is getting a lot more aggressive in Texas locales which aren't big cities. They've built locations in East Texas and in the Sherman-Denison area, as well as Gainesville. They've opened a new location in Abilene....

    While you lactate on that, you can only guess that a QT expansion into Lubbock is not very far-fetched.
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    Posted 08-21-2022 at 07:02 PM by case44 case44 is online now
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    QuikTrip is exactly what I had in mind. Maybe Wawa and Sheetz too, but those are far-fetched.

    Nothing against the two chains you listed, but I do have reservations about another one that got in by buying out another chain a few years back. It’s not exactly known for its cleanliness or upkeep inside (believe me on this one, I’ve seen failed health inspections).
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    Posted 08-22-2022 at 01:13 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    I know exactly which one you're talking about. It's Stripes, and for some reason, I just found out that it was bought out by 7-Eleven many moons ago. And Stripes, I thought, had been making some improvements when new stores and renovations of others had taken place in the area. Now, mind you, Stripes is not Buc-ee's. But I still think Stripes won't exactly go away, either, as it's still the predominant convenience store chain in Lubbock and in West Texas.

    In addition, Stripes did take over the old Town&Country convenience store chain. I hated T&C because it had an awful stench inside their stores. Many convenience stores carry a stench, the most notorious being RaceTrac. I'll never darken the door of another one, but I can still get their gas outside.
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    Posted 08-22-2022 at 09:44 AM by case44 case44 is online now
 

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