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CEFCO Convenience Stores Opens New Location in Giddings

Author: 
Giddings Economic Development Corporation

TEMPLE, TX (June 29th, 2016) – CEFCO Convenience Stores opened their newest location at 3025 E. Austin Street Giddings, TX 78942.

This latest opening represents the 30th, 5,500 square foot, newly constructed location that CEFCO has opened over the past several years, and the 1st, thus far, in 2017.  The project was spearheaded by Fikes Wholesale, Inc., of Temple, Texas, the chain's parent company.  

The store incorporates a number of innovative enhancements, each made possible by an open, fresh design, with modern treatments and upgraded finishes. An RV Dump Station and Pet Exercise Area are unique to the location, which is located on Highway-290 between Austin and Houston.  

This latest generation store reflects the most current design and offers customers a great shopping experience.  

"We are excited to open our newest location in Giddings, Texas”, said Raymond Smith, President of The Fikes Companies. “This beautiful addition offers our latest hot and cold "Fresh Eats” grab-n-go offerings, including our “Fresh Yo” self-service frozen yogurt concept, and a fenced enclosure to provide break space for travelers with pets.  Additionally, we are pleased to announce that this location will include our 7th “Which Wich” restaurant location. We invite our customers to stop by and enjoy our best in class experience.”

CEFCO operates over 220 locations in 7 states.  Headquartered out of Dallas, TX, Which Wich, opened their first location in Dallas, 2003. Just 12 years later, Which Wich operates over 300 locations throughout the world.

The new facility, located across from Bluebonnet Electric on Highway 290 comprises a 9 acre tract surrounded by approximately 15 additional commercially develop-able acres.  The City of Giddings and the Giddings Economic Development Corporation assisted with the project through sponsorship of a Capital Funds Grant of up to $300,000.  These funds are provided by the state of Texas and will be used to install a new deceleration lane and a new stoplight.

The GEDC also provided an additional $150,000 performance-based, cash grant that requires the company to conduct a minimum number of new hires, and to upgrade and relocate water/ sewer lines along the Highway 290 frontage.

The GEDC expects that the CEFCO Truck Stop, which has been specifically designed to accommodate semi-trucks and heavy equipment haulers, will encourage new industrial development in the area.

Both the city and the GEDC expect the new infrastructure - utilities, deceleration lane and traffic light - to improve safety along the corridor and to aid in future development and with business attraction in the immediate vicinity of the project, as well as further east toward new Giddings 290 Business Park.

The GEDC had investigated upgrading the water lines along the north side of Highway 290 between Traffic Supply and the new business park, however, the organization shifted its focus to completing the build out in the park and placed the water line expansion on hold due to its estimated cost of up to $800,000.

Providing funding for the CEFCO project allows the GEDC to leverage the company's design and development, surveying, dirt work, etc. thereby developing a portion of the water infrastructure at a lower cost than had the GEDC instituted the project on its own. The GEDC will consider funding the remaining water line expansion and upgrades when a pending need arises, and/ or once the business park development is further along.

The GEDC is currently focused on flood plain mitigation and development of a concrete road, along with placement of lights and utilities within the park's interior.

For additional information about the CEFCO project, contact CEFCO Stores Brand Manager Kessler Pamplin,  254.791.0009 x 13264, kpamplin@cefcostores.com