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Union Avenue Allsup’s closes, employees relocated

A spokeswoman said that employees of this store on South Union Avenue have been transferred to other locations. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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[Note: This post has been updated regarding street addresses for Allsup’s stores.]

An Allsup’s store at the corner of South Union Avenue and West Hobbs Street closed about a week ago, but a corporate spokeswoman said employees have been given jobs at other local locations.

“With the integration of Allsup’s and Yesway nearly complete, we remain committed to Roswell, New Mexico, and to our people,” said Erin Vadala, president of Warner Communications, which works with the parent company of Yesway. “All of our team members from this now-closed location have transferred to other Allsup’s locations in Roswell.”

A larger Allsup’s is located one block south on South Sunset Avenue and West Poe Street, and there are seven other stores in the city, according to its website.

Vadala chose not to answer other questions about causes for the closure or if other stores will be shuttered. Chaves County property records indicate the commercial property is owned by a Roswell investment trust.

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The closure comes as Yesway Corp. of Des Moines, Iowa, and its parent company, BW Gas and Convenience Retail LLC of Beverly, Massachusetts, are completing the buyout of 304 stores from Clovis-based Allsup’s Convenience Stores.

At the time of the purchase announcement in October 2019, Yesway Chief Executive Officer Thomas Nicholas Trkla said in an interview that the Allsup’s brand would remain and that no store closures were planned.

“Continuing to support the Allsup’s brand is a priority for us, and our plan is to expand Allsup’s in new markets as we continue to grow our portfolio,” Trkla had said.

Yesway started in 2015 with 10 stores, but it began a fast-growth plan to have 600 convenience stores within five years, focusing primarily on smaller cities. It now operates 407 stores in Iowa, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Allsup’s began as a family operation in Roswell in 1956. In 1963, it was sold to the Southland Corp., which operated as 7-Eleven. Allsup’s then moved to Clovis in 1964, with the family growing that operation to 304 stores in three states by October 2019. Members of the Allsup family have remained as officers with the company following the Yesway acquisition.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.