After nearly a year of construction the new Jack Flash store opened at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, off Interstate 55 in Farmersville.
The new 10,000-square-foot store is located on over seven acres and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, catering to the trucker, traveler and local shopper.
Outside, there are ten new Phillips 66 fueling stations and four diesel pumps on acres of concrete, but inside the store upgrade is even more dramatic.
"We are very excited to offer travelers and locals a great place to come and fill up with fuel and shop for virtually any convenience store item you are looking for," according to owner and operator John Wortman, who with his wife Lisa owns 14 locations throughout Central Illinois, headquartered in Effingham. "We are always working very hard to provide excellent service and products at competitive prices."
According to Jack Flash marketing and sales supervisor Joe Dunaway, the Farmersville location is in the "sweet spot" between Springfield and St. Louis and the exit off of the interstate is easy to navigate.
"Not only do we want to be the best exit on I-55, we've also done a lot to cater to the locals," Dunaway said. "We stock the store with products that local customers ask for."
The new store required doubling the work force up to about 18 full and part-timers. Kevin Guinn of Hillsboro is the manager.
The first thing customers will see walking into the store is the week's best promotions. They'll notice a Route 66-themed store space with lots of attractive woodwork.
The counter is to the right. There customers can access the work of a huge 24-hour-a-day kitchen that includes Hunt Brothers pizza, Rich's Barbecue pulled pork, bread sticks, wings and lots of other hot and fresh choices.
There's a full line of wine and liquor, and the walk-in beer cooler is kept at a chilling 30 degrees. Package liquor sales run from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday.
Tucked behind the beautiful wooden liquor display cases is an upscale video gaming lounge, open all day every day, with rich, luxurious carpet.
"It's also a gift store," loyalty and allocation analyst Juliana Rieck enthusiastically pointed out. There are novelty gifts and site-specific souvenirs for the traveler, plus games for the kids, and local jams and jellies.
Television screens will provide customers with weather, sports and news updates, new restrooms are spacious, bright and clean, and a Subway restaurant with seating remains attached to the south side of the store.
Jack Flash stores are a member of the national Kickback rewards programs. A Kickback card will roll back the price at the gas pumps or the customer can spend their points inside the store like cash.