One of the largest independent convenience store owners or operators in the local tri-state area is building his second high-end convenience store in Memphis.
Anwar Aman, president of Radiant Group of Cos., plans to open an Exxon gas station in late September or early October at 814 Mt. Moriah Rd. The convenience store and gas station is currently under construction on a half-acre lot formerly home to an Easy Way store.
Aman said the 3,600-square-foot convenience store will have three gas dispensers, allowing six drivers to pump gas at one time. The cost of the building, pump, canopy, tanks, and other materials will be almost $2 million, which doesn't include the real estate, according to Barry Maynard of Loeb Realty Group LLC, who represented Aman and Radiant in the deal. The gas station will be a similar model to Aman's 3,900-square-foot Shell station at Perkins Road and Poplar Avenue.
"The quality of this store will be something that you don't see on this road," Aman said. "People going towards Walnut Grove Road really needed something of this quality, and that's the reason we chose this site."
Maynard said the concept is something new to Tennessee and the aim is to get away from the negative stigma people may associate with gas stations, instead creating a family-friendly place that offers options customers don't get at other convenience stores.
"We are trying to create the environment of a Starbucks-meets-an-upscale-convenience-store: Convenient, yet affordable environment that has something for everyone," Maynard said. "This is much more than a place to get a soda, bag of chips, bag of ice, and fill up your vehicle with gas, but a place that is upscale, clean, well-lit, incredible greenspace, family-friendly, that will have just about every type of food. … We believe this is the future of gas stations."
Aman said offerings will include sushi, handmade deserts, fresh-pressed organic drinks, salads, wraps, fresh vegetables and fruit, and homemade ice cream. There will also be a full kitchen offering fried chicken, vegetables, pizza, and other choices.
"We are taking a holistic approach to the convenience store business," Aman said. "We just don't want to sell anything and everything just to make money. … We're focusing on offering people healthy choices and be a convenience store where junk food will be minimized."
Aman controls more than 200 gas stations in nine states in the United States. Great Western Builders in Collierville is the general contractor company building the new Exxon Xpress gas station. Maynard is the exclusive broker for Radiant.
By Corey Davis - Staff Reporter, Memphis, Business Journal - July 9, 2019, 3:39 pm EDT