The RaceTrac convenience store being constructed on Atlantic Boulevard near Art Museum Drive in Jacksonville has 20 — count ’em, 20 — slots for motorists to pull in for a fill-up.
The superstore is part of RaceTrac’s expansion in Northeast Florida, pumping some jobs into the sputtering construction industry. Since 2010, RaceTrac has opened four new stores, is currently building two others and has plans for two more.
This summer, First Coast Energy plans to build another of its Daily’s stores off Gate Parkway in the St. Johns Town Center area. The new store will have 12 fueling stations. It is a short distance from an existing Daily’s location on Gate Parkway south of Butler Boulevard that has 16 fueling stations.
Officials at Gate Petroleum, also based in Jacksonville, did not return phone calls.
Elzey said RaceTrac designs its stores with an eye toward making it easy for customers to find an available pump.
“Everyone hates to go into a jammed-up lot,” she said.
Elzey said that in 2010, RaceTrac set a goal of building 50 new stores across its entire territory and ended up opening 53. In Florida, the Orlando market has also featured construction of new stores. RaceTrac primarily looks for locations close to interstate highways.
“The interchange locations are really our bread and butter,” she said.
In addition to the Atlantic Boulevard store, RaceTrac is building a new store in Green Cove Springs. The company has plans for more stores off Lem Turner Road in Jacksonville and Florida A1A in Nassau County.
Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2011-06-22/story/racetrac-superstores-popping-all-over-jacksonville-area#ixzz1QUSk6QnR