Hess Express now Speedway 486 West Street, South Amherst
Just when I get used to calling the long time, always busy, convenience store in South Amherst by its new name they go and get bought out and change their name again.
When I first opened my business next door over 30 years ago it was a Dairy Mart, then DB Mart, then Volaro, then Hess Express and now Speedway.
The most recent metamorphosis is pretty much like all the rest: Speedway purchased 1,200 Hess Express stores for $2.8 billion dollars and simply changed the signage. Although I'm sure the one over the front entry will get a better, more permanent one soon.
With the perfect location, location, location of this store on Rt 116 (West Street) it has never gone out of business due to a lack of business. Probably the only other store in Amherst with the same daily volume is the Cumberland Farms on Rt 9 (College Street), East Amherst.
Interestingly in the past couple years both of these locations tried to acquire a beer/wine permit, but the Select Board (acting as Liquor Commissioners) turned them down.
Concerns centered on nearby mom-and-pop liquor stores being negatively impacted and -- because they do such convenient high volume sales -- it could put liquor in the wrong hands at the wrong time, like just before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Having an even larger player now in place at that prime location can only benefit the South Amherst Village Center.