Just saw a comment on a post about Stop N' Go "hex" concept stores (original post here: https://midsouthretail.blogspot.com/2018/08/contributor-post-stop-n-go-hex-stores.html, which I don't remember getting a notification about, thank you very much Blogger)! Anyway, I decided to do a brief post as a companion to that very interesting blog entry.
Southaven Mississippi had a standard Stop N' Go store, pre-dating the hex concept by many years. If I remember correctly, this Stop N' Go location lasted until the Circle K buyout. Shortly after that buyout, Circle K decided to relocate right next door to a former ranch-style Shell station (giving them a prime corner lot, with gas pumps they did not have at the original Stop N' Go). Unfortunately, instead of just taking over that classic Shell, they bulldozed it (pumps, canopy, and all), and replaced it with the building and pump canopy that still stands today (albeit slightly remodeled now from what this older photo shows):
|Circle K, Hwy 51 at Mississippi Valley Blvd. Southaven Mississippi|
If I'm not mistaken, the store opened with Circle K-branded gas, then it carried STP gas for a number of years. By 2007, it was selling Union '76-branded gas, and by 2013 it had switched to Shell, which brought it "full circle" (so to speak!), back around to the original brand that had been on that corner since back in my childhood days.
So, what became of the old, next-door Stop N' Go building? At some point (very late 80's, perhaps early 90's) it was a dance studio (which eventually moved into it's own new building close by), and finally (2003?*) became the home of a Disco Tech record store:
|Disco Tech occupies the original Stop N' Go location|
*The Disco Tech website (link below) claims it has been owned by the same person since 2003 at least, which sounds about right for being when the place first opened.
Originally, this Stop N' Go had a flat roof, and the upper front facade was done up in yellow(!), with the red, green, and black Stop N' Go logo on that facade up above the door. Sounds a bit gaudy, and from what I remember it was, not to mention I remember they had let the facade fall into disrepair somewhat. Near as I can tell, Disco Tech is still alive and doing well! They do have a more updated front sign these days though. Website here: http://www.mydiscotech.com/index.html
Finally, to close out this post, a photo of an old Stop N' Go matchbook cover I have in my collection, done up in the classic logo:
|Mid-1970's Stop N' Go matchbook cover|
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