An Arkansas company that operates service stations and convenience stores in Colorado and several other states is preparing to expand its brand in the Pikes Peak region.
Murphy USA plans to build an eight-pump, 1,200-square-foot Murphy Express convenience store southeast of Woodmen Road and Rangewood Drive in northern Colorado Springs, according to a proposal recently submitted to city government planners. The site is just east of a new CVS drugstore.
The location would be Murphy USA's second convenience store in the area, according to the company's website; another store operates in the Monument Marketplace shopping center in Monument, northeast of Interstate 25 and Baptist Road.
A Murphy USA spokeswoman didn't have details Friday about the new store or the company's expansion plans in the Springs area. The project's timetable also wasn't known.
Murphy USA operates gas stations under the same name that typically are built near Walmart stores, the company's website says. Its larger, stand-alone convenience stores operate under the Murphy Express brand; in addition to fuel, the stores sell soft drinks, chips, candy, cigarettes and other merchandise.
Murphy has nine convenience stores and three gas stations in the Denver metro area and northern Colorado, the company's website shows. Those stores are part of Murphy USA's 1,400 locations that operate in 26 states, primarily in the Southwest, Southeast and Midwest.
The new Murphy Express planned for Colorado Springs is the latest in a wave of convenience store expansions in the Pikes Peak region by existing operators and newcomers.
7-Eleven has long dominated the market and competes with Loaf 'N Jug, Circle K, Valero, Kwik Way and others.
Iowa-based Kum & Go opened its first Colorado Springs store in 2012 and now has about 20 area locations. Utah-based Maverik opened its first Springs-area store in October at Constitution Avenue and Peterson Road in unincorporated Cimarron Hills and plans a second store near Fillmore and El Paso streets in Colorado Springs.
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