Go Mart purchases Cool Spots

COOLVILLE – The Cool Spot locations in Coolville and Tuppers Plains are now part of the Go Mart chain of convenience stores, with few changes planned in their operations and offerings, a Go Mart official said.

Go Mart marketing director Terry Smith said the Gassaway, W.Va.-based chain purchased the two locations in Athens and Meigs counties on June 9.

“We have retained most of the employees from the Cool Spot,” she said Monday.

New signage was installed at that time and small changes are being made at both locations, Smith said. At Coolville, new pumps have been installed and the parking lot has been resurfaced, but no other changes have been made.

Renovations may be possible in the future, she said.

“We also added some new lines of products at both locations,” Smith said.

The restaurant at the Coolville location and the deli at the Tuppers Plains location will remain in operation. Smith said other Go Mart locations offer delis, but the Coolville site is the only one to have a full-service restaurant.

“This is our first experience with that,” she said.

The company will be watching that operation to see how it goes before considering ideas like expanding it, she said. “Only time will tell,” Smith said.

Smith said Go Mart is continuing its expansion into southeast Ohio, with a growing number of locations in Washington, Athens, Meigs and other counties.

“Go Mart is continuing to expand,” she said.

The company is also continuing its efforts to improve and expand in West Virginia, including Parkersburg. Go Mart is building a site on Staunton Avenue, across from an existing Go Mart. When the new site is completed – scheduled for late August – that existing store will relocate to the new and improved site, she said.