Ampm convenience stores kick off official East Coast expansion with grand opening in Bronx – Bronx Times
At the wide intersection of Allerton Avenue and Boston Road sits a large BP gas station, which officially hosted the first-ever East Coast convenience store with nothing short of a fun grand opening party this weekend. end.
Ampm has all the charm of a rest stop and the familiarity of a 7-Eleven. As soon as you enter, you feel like a kid in a candy store. The interior gleams clean and tidy and radiates “Too Much Good Stuff”, as their tagline states. The dead center is a case of donuts, cookies, jelly rolls and other sweet treats.
There are stuffed animals for sale, candies, household cleaners, a sunglasses holder and even a lotto vending machine – it’s a one stop shop.
The space is wide and clean, with an emphasis on freshness.
“We serve breakfast all day, but it’s really about hot dogs, sandwiches and burgers for breakfast,” said Michael Donahoo, vice president of mobility and convenience at the east coast of ampm.
Donahoo, the seventh largest convenience store chain in the United States, then enthusiastically explained the AMPM Freshness Guarantee. Food products are prepared on the spot and the consumer knows exactly when. Like the spicy chicken sandwich wrapper that says “Made at 2:07 p.m.” and “Enjoy by 5:07 p.m.”
If food is not consumed within this window, it is replaced with fresh produce. Food waste is high at the moment – the store actually opened on July 28 – but Donahoo hopes that as people become more familiar with the business model, this waste will drop significantly.
They even have their own exclusive coffee and one can choose between drip and fresh ground – for the same price.
Established in Southern California in 1978 and later acquired by a subsidiary of BP in 2000, ampm sites are owned and operated by the BP conglomerate and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We never close,” said Stanley Pernell, East Coast regional manager for ampm.
Globally, BP is looking to increase its proximity sites from around 2,000 today to more than 3,000 by 2030.
In the United States, the convenience store chain has a long history on the West Coast – with more than 1,000 locations – and began expanding to the East Coast in the 2000s. But in 2012, given several factors financial and political, ampm was stripped of all locations east of the Rockies.
“It just wasn’t the right time,” Donahoo told The Bronx Times.
The chain is now back with four new locations to roll out on the East Coast, all of which will be located in New York City with a two-check donation of $2,500. One for the Bronx Council on the Arts and one for City Harvest. “Thank you all for coming here today . . . I hope you enjoy this store as much as we do,” said Debbi Hoffa, vice president of Convenience America at BP.
The first store at 824 Allerton Ave. held its official opening this weekend. Friday marked the first day of celebrations with $0.25 slushies, or as the brand calls them “Fizz Freezes.”
“Did you say twenty-five cents?” This is crazy,” said a woman paying for her Fizz Freeze, ignoring the promotion of the day. She walked out of the amp happily stunned while sipping on her blue concoction.
Saturday was marching band day with festivities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pepsi, Red Bull, Arizona Iced Tea and more will be on hand with giveaways for attendees. There are also Instagram influencers like Bronx skateboarder @h0lymel and famous chugger @badlandsbooker.
Radio station WBLS was on hand to help give away $10,000 of free gas in the form of gift cards – a main attraction with the high cost of fuel linked to inflation.
Saturday’s festivities also featured the unveiling of a mural by renowned graphic designer, illustrator and founder of Super Fresh Design, Andrea von Bujdoss. Von Bujdoss is a New York native with an eye for bold lines and vibrant colors. His murals bring drab walls to life and imbue neighborhoods with punch.
Given the vehicular and foot traffic, population density, sprawling intersection, and demographics, it looks like apm has found a new home.
“It’s a great location,” Donahoo said.
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