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Highlights of Virgin Valley Food Mart in Mesquite

February 15, 2019

Through our Facebook page and blog, Virgin Valley Food Mart has been sharing some tips, advice, and things that might help our customers along their journey. Our articles feature interesting topics like the history of 76 fuel, to some of the sights to see near our location that you might have overlooked. Be sure to check out the highlights from our previous year and learn a few new tips for RV owners or anyone traveling through Mesquite, NV.

How to Find and Use a Gas Station with your Fifth Wheel or RV

For those who aren’t entirely comfortable with maneuvering strange spaces in a vehicle as large as an RV, it is very important to take some precautions before heading out for a trip in your RV. For new RV owners as well, it can be very worth the time it takes to review some locations for fueling and parking to stay overnight and be sure it is “RV-friendly.” You’ll be looking for large open lots with plenty of room to enter and exit the spaces. The gas station at Virgin Valley Food Mart leaves RV drivers with plenty of space in the fueling area. We also offer propane and plenty of snacks and beverages to help fuel the rest of your journey.

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Use 76 Gas Stations for Quality Fuel

It is important to treat your refueling as you do other smart choices in your life like when selecting restaurants to eat at or places to buy your food. Some gas stations do not have equal products, and it depends largely upon the quality of the fuel and how much it affects your vehicle’s performance over time. Sticking with a station like 76 whenever possible allows you to have peace of mind in the quality of their products.

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History of the 76 Gas Station

76 gas station have existed in the US since the 30s. The recognizable branding of the orange antennae ball was popularized and made the gas station memorable. Beyond their marketing ideas, 76 stations have always promoted that you will find quality synonymous with the brand itself. They aim to be consisted with their products to allow their customers to rely on them and trust what they have to offer. It is true that 76 gasoline is PRO clean fuel, the best that you can use in your vehicle.

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Exploring Nevada: Sights Near Mesquite, NV

Just a short drive from the lights of Las Vegas you’ll find many of natures desert beauties, and the sights near our location in Mesquite, NV provide much to see. Two of the most popular attractions to visit are Gold Butte and Whitney Pockets. There you’ll witness incredible rock formations and splashes of color spanning the 360,000 acres of Gold Butte. Whitney Pockets will display a colorful expanse of sandstone in reds, yellows, and whites to contrast the blue desert sky up above. You can study the fissures created in the sandstone to develop caverns and intricate carvings and petroglyphs of the past.

Learn more about the landscape near Mesquite, NV

Our Top RV Travel Tips

If you are new to operating and living in your RV for a period of time, there are some tips and advice to consider to make things easier in the long run. While you are traveling, make sure you have a plan to keep things secure that are loose in the cabin. While you might plan to drive down normal, paved roads and highways, you could encounter some bumps in the road, and they can be more jarring than you’d expect at times. Another important thing to remember before setting out on your trip would be making a list or map marking all the places you will stop to refuel or rest. Having this plan ahead of time allows you to relax and think ahead during the drive.

Learn more about how to best prep yourself for a road trip in your RV

Things to Do Near Mesquite, NV

The area surrounding Mesquite and Mesquite itself has a lot to offer visitors either passing through or staying for length of time. There are plenty of beautiful golf courses that you can experience along with plenty of other natural and outdoor activities like hiking through the BLM land at Gold Butte. The Virgin River Hotel & Casino as well as the Eureka Casino offer some entertainment with friendly staff and top rated games as well as a place to stay. If you’re traveling by RV and need an affordable place to stop near Las Vegas, Virgin Valley Food Mart has parking available as well as Wifi for guest’s use.

Learn about other things to do near Mesquite, NV


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Things You Never Knew About Gas & Gas Stations

Most of us have grown up with gas stations being on most major street corners, especially in larger cities. One would think that there are more gas stations in the country now than compared to the 1920s, but in fact there were far more stations back then. The reasoning goes back to the capabilities of the cars being manufactured, so then a car would not be able to get as far before needing to refuel as it does now. Another fun fact related to gas stations is that the ubiquitous KFC got its true start as a service station and offering food to the fuel patrons.

Learn more about how gas stations have progressed over time

Why are Convenience Stores Getting More Popular?

Convenience stores are meant to provide convenience for people throughout cities and traveling through towns. It’s no wonder they are rising in popularity as many people are conscious of making efficient choices with some shopping habits. Many people know that a convenience store will have limited selection for a variety of types of products, so while you’ll likely find what you need, you won’t have to walk very far or sift through many different types of things. Most of the items you’ll find at a convenience store will be sustenance like food and beverages, to things that are more like necessities - like engine oil, toiletries, and things that you might need at any time.

Read more about how convenience stores have risen in popularity over the recent years

You can always find the perfect place to stop when traveling between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City at Virgin Valley Food Mart. You’ll have plenty of space to get your vehicle into the area as well as enjoy the wifi while you stay. Check us out on Facebook or on our blog to learn more about the area and some things to do while visiting.

Why are Convenience Stores Getting More Popular?

January 1, 2019

Surely, convenience is key for motorists and those traveling on the road. Everyone driving longer distances will need to stop and fuel up at the very least during their trip, and they likely stop at a location which serves their main needs. Typically convenience stores offer a perfect solution to the motorist in transit: somewhere to fuel up, park, get ice, supplies, food, or beverages, along with many other amenities or perks of the location. In recent years, convenience stores have risen in popularity with consumers, with plenty of reasons to cite.

Simply Convenience

It’s actually in the name! C-stores are designed and focused on providing convenience for their customers or consumers. Fuel is a necessity when you are traveling out on the road, and stopping for fuel is part of that necessity. Convenience stores offer the traveler a one-stop shop for other items they might also want while traveling. To make the most efficient use of your time spent filling up your tank, you can visit the store inside to stock up on snacks and supplies for the road. It makes a big difference when you are short on time and need to maximize each stop you make while traveling. If you can stop, fuel up, get all the supplies you might need while also allowing the option of parking to stay overnight, that’s the option most likely chosen. Gas stations that only offer fuel are likely not the first choice for many long distance travelers.

Smaller Selection is Time Saving

Another way convenience stores provide a smart and preferred experience is how economically you can spend your time. When you are out on the road, typically the things you purchase to eat on the road are not things that you need to prepare. So, you likely would not need the variety in selection of items as you do at the grocery store, just a few options to cover your bases should suit most people’s needs. The smaller selection of choices for snacks or beverages allows you to move quickly in to make your purchases and back out to continue your travels. From the proximity of the pumps or parking spots to the inside shop counter, it allows for a fast and easy transaction for all parties involved. For this reason, convenience stores are a popular choice for travelers - it is one of the quickest transaction times on average.

You Can Find Them Everywhere

Following the trend of making it easy for the customer, another reason so many people make their stop at a convenience store is because they are prevalent. As they have become more in-demand, you’ll likely see more of them as time goes on since they have become such a normal or expected part of travel routines. As the US highways system was put in place and expanded, the need or demand for convenience stores grew with it.
People are typically familiar with the features and they are so prevalent in fact, that there are close to 155,000 convenience stores across the US. It certainly provides some measure of reliability knowing that many of the all-important supplies we require while traveling will be found in most cities. Beyond travelers, convenience stores in larger urban settings are also popular as a quick stop for groceries or other supplies.

Contributing to a Local Business

Chances are, depending on the city or region you visit, you might be supporting a local business by stopping at a convenience store and gas station. Often, these local c-stores in cities all across the country are owned and operated by a single proprietor or family-owned. Instead of visiting a large chain store, you might be contributing directly to the local economy and supporting a small locally-owned establishment. If you’re visiting a convenience store nearby some other local shops or entertainment venues, consider planning it into your stop! You can incorporate some local sight-seeing and lend additional support to the community.

Amenities at Your Service

At Virgin Valley Food Mart, we can provide our customers with much more than just fuel. Our location serves as the perfect place to park and stay with us if you’re driving an RV or trailer. Our location is right across the street from plenty of entertainment at the casinos as well as additional dining options. You can stock up on snacks and food from the food mart before heading back out on the road. If you plan on doing sight seeing, check in with us to learn about some of the local highlights. You might visit Whitney Peaks or Gold Butte to see some of natures splendors, or just head over to the Mesquite Visitor’s Center to learn about the history of the area along with memorabilia.

At our location, you can enjoy free wifi while visiting, and we have pricing for your stay by the hour, the day, or the week depending on how long you’ve planned your stay. Our facility even offers propane for purchase, so you’ll be covered on all fronts for your trip. If you’re heading out camping you can stock up on ice and any other campfire necessities at the food mart. With the growing number of convenience stores around the country, its a smart idea as a traveler to become familiar with some of your favorite spots. The most convenient location in between Nevada and Utah is Virgin Valley Food Mart in Mesquite, NV. Be sure to stop in our store while you’re on the road traveling to or from Las Vegas.

Holiday Activities Near Mesquite, NV

November 23, 2018

The holiday season has arrived, starting with many people’s favorite meal of the year at Thanksgiving. If you’re traveling through the Mesquite, NV area make sure to stop at Virgin Valley Food Mart. You can park at our location if you’re towing a fifth wheel or traveling by RV and enjoy some of the things the local area has to offer. Members of the Mesquite community have organized some great events to participate in your travel plans include Southern Utah or Southern Nevada. Here are some events and upcoming community efforts to look out for near Mesquite, NV:

History of the Area

The City of Mesquite has organized a local Community Thanksgiving Dinner. It is an annual event the city puts on at the Senior Center free of charge for guests. It is a generous and kind gesture for the City to host a meal for the community. They also promote the history of the area and encourages exploration of the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. The museum is one of the top things to do in the area of Mesquite and also provides a large selection of material you can browse in their online catalog. It is a great way to enrich your understanding of the community as you travel through or stay to enjoy some of the natural beauty of the area.

Small Business Saturday

If you’re in the Mesquite area the weekend of the 24th, don’t miss your chance to participate in Small Business Saturday. The Mesquite community encourages the growth of new small businesses and promotes uniqueness in business to help communities innovate. Stop in to a few local stores that Saturday and visit Virgin Valley Food Mart for snacks, ice, beer, or gas for your trip ahead or during your stay. You can also stop by the local Mesquite Chamber of Commerce to learn about shopping and to receive a map (between 8-10am). You can use this opportunity to check some holiday shopping off your list.
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Upcoming: Parade of Lights Food Drive

December 5th you can experience something unique while giving back to the community with the annual Parade of Lights Food Drive in Mesquite. You can join the local community in the fun of the parade - just bring out your chairs and some blankets to keep you warm. If you plan ahead for your trip, make sure to bring along some cans of food for donation to the drive. The proceeds will be donated to The Salvation Army and the Virgin Valley Food Bank. The parade will feature all kinds of creations, all of them lighted to create a spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great opportunity for the community to come together and appreciate the area and local events.

You can also drop off a donation of canned food to the Mesquite Recreation Center anytime in the Front Lobby of the building in their donation boxes. If you’re just passing through and want to give back, this is the perfect opportunity.

St George for Shows

Dicken’s Christmas Festival

Experience 19th Century London in Southern Utah at the Dicken’s Christmas Festival. You’ll see actors in full character and costume throughout the area and enjoy old shops and browse through unique wares and gifts. If you’re traveling with kids, they can even meet Father Christmas during the festival.
a christmas carol

There are musical performances scattered through the “streets” and you might catch a part of “mini-productions” of both Scrooge and Oliver Twist. Get in the Christmas Spirit with a visit to Dicken’s Christmas Festival November 28 - December 1. The festival is only a short drive from Mesquite to St. George, where you’ll find many other activates and local attractions. If you’re traveling through the area this season, make sure plan ahead and make a stop at the festival.

Tuacahn Theater

As an alternative to a more traditional approach to getting in the holiday spirit with Dickens, visit Tuachan Amphitheater in Ivins, UT for a new style of Christmas. If you’re making your way south to Mesquite and passing through St. George, you might want to make a stop over to Ivins to catch this unique show. Fairy Tale Christmas is told through the lens of the fairy tale villains of the stories we all know so well, as they capture Santa and attempt to get rid of happily ever afters. The show is based on a book which became a hit musical by M. Scott McLean and Michael McLean. If you and your family are looking for something that is not so typical for a holiday themed show, this is the perfect option. The show begins November 29th and runs until December 22nd, so take the time to make plans for your holiday travel and enjoy some unique experiences along the way.

With the holidays on our doorstep, there are so many efforts in the community to bring people together and be generous with their giving spirits. The Mesquite area has so many great efforts and events to bring the local community together or to give to those in need each year, and it is a wonderful way to participate this year while traveling on the road. If your travels will bring you through Mesquite, make sure to stop at Virgin Valley Food Mart for a great place to park and stay for a while or to stop in for something to eat or drink while continuing your journey on the road. Out 76 gas station will give the RV drivers plenty of space for an easy entrance and exit, so make sure to visit our convenience store while traveling in Mesquite.

Things You Never Knew About Gas & Gas Stations

November 6, 2018

It is part of our daily routine, transit in a vehicle of some sort and stopping for gas. We use it to get us through the cities we live and we use it to travel on vacations or to get across the country to a new venture. But the way we use gas and gas itself has changed over time with many interesting aspects to learn about along the way. Here are a few things you should know about getting gas on a road trip - perhaps through Mesquite, NV, where you can stop for gas at Virgin Valley Food Mart and 76 gas station- but elsewhere out on the road, you can learn some interesting things about fueling up.

Temperatures Affect Gas

You might not think about the state of the gas depending on your location or the idea that gas is treated differently depending on where it is. Getting gas in colder temperatures means your gas might have a higher level of butane. The gas you pump in a cold climate will be different in some ways from the gas you get in the high temperatures in the southern states. If you’re taking a road trip, you might want to consider the route your taking for longer trips and maintain a similar climate when you can. It is an interesting fact many people would not be aware of while traveling and getting gas on the road.

Gas Contains Detergents

If you read our previous article about using 76 gas stations for quality fuel, you learned a little bit about detergents in fuel and why. Typically detergents are added to fuel to help clean your engine and maintain a clearer environment overall, but they are considered to be top-tier gasoline and maintain highly held standards with the EPA. Detergents are not like the soaps we clean our clothes with but they have a very important function which acts as a cleaning agent in a way. Many vehicle owners will prefer to use top tier gasoline like 76 gas to prolong the use and function of their investment. This is why many high end car manufacturers will recommend using only premium gasoline in their engines.
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Top Tier Club

Based on the detergents present in the gasoline, the EPAs standard does affect the labeling of gas stations as top-tier, or not top-tier. In order for gas to be considered top tier, it needs to surpass the EPA’s minimum standard for detergent inclusion by 2.5 times the amount. This is part of the understanding when choosing to get gas at one of the larger companies - you are sure that you will be receiving this higher quality, top-tier gas as opposed to something with a lower detergent count. You can find 76 gas at Virgin Valley Food Mart, considered a top-tier gas that exceeds the EPA standard, so you can be sure it will always be of high quality.


Gas is Priced Down to the Cent

Many years ago, pricing things down to the tenth of a cent had more of an impact as it does today. Gas prices in the 1930s were very strange, and interestingly enough, were similar to what they are today. Because of inflation, the price of gas would soar in that era, which comparatively would be shocking to see today. The price of gas often was in the 0.25 - 0.30 cent range, and that measure is still how we see it priced today.

1920s Gas Stations

After the model-T, many American families were able to buy a car, and gas stations became much more necessary for the average person’s means for travel. During the 1920s there were significantly more gas stations in the country than there are today. Cars at that time were less equipped to handle long distances, and would require stopping more often, which meant more stations were needed to service the traveling public. It was less alike to the gas station and convenience stores we are used to today, and more like the small kiosks you might see on the side of the road for water or other necessities like that.

Fuel Pricing & Trends

Over time, you can see different energy trends take hold, and in the 80s, wind turbines became a very popular way to collect energy with many interested consumers. Oil pricing in the 80s became increasingly favorable for motorists and in 1986 there is a report of a Exxon station near Austin, TX which began giving gas away - literally giving it away for free - because prices were so low and they were trying to attract attention.

The Beginnings of Fried Chicken

A fun fact about gas stations is that what we now know as KFC actually started out as a service station in the 1930s. In Kentucky, the well-known Colonel behind the chicken franchise was serving food to customers traveling through his station. As time progressed, he changed things over to become a restaurant and removed the fuel pumps and we all know where we are today.

The US has an interesting history when it comes to gasoline and gas stations around the country - and there are some things about gasoline which can help you as you travel or make your way on longer road trips. If you are passing through southern Utah on your way to Las Vegas, make your way through Mesquite to enjoy some of the attractions the area has to offer. If you are traveling by RV, our location at Virgin Valley Food Mart is the perfect place to stay in between your destinations. Park at our station and enjoy all the amenities we have to offer, like wifi, as well as the nearby activities like the hotels, restaurants, and casinos.

Have a question for our team at Virgin Valley Food Mart? Contact us online to reach out directly or follow us on Facebook to learn more about the area to help with your travel plans.

Things to Do Near Mesquite, NV

October 22, 2018

When you’re traveling through Utah and into Nevada, you’ll typically make your way into Mesquite, NV. Many people are familiar with what Las Vegas and Salt Lake City have to offer, but what about the city in between these two major areas? Mesquite, NV is home to Virgin Valley Food Mart - where you can stop and park your RV with us to enjoy some of the unique attractions Mesquite has to offer. We offer parking for the hour, day, or week, so you can plan to stay a while and explore a little more.

Golfing & Golf Courses

One of the top things to do near Mesquite, NV is golf. While you might not have guessed, Mesquite is home to eight different golf courses from which you can take your pick. Wolf Creek Golf club is nestled into the extraordinary landscape of the Mesquite desert. The buttes and rock formations surrounding the course are spectacular to see. Another option, at the Oasis Golf Club, features the Palmer course - designed by Arnold Palmer in the mid-90s. It is believed to be one of his favorite designs of his career and is conveniently located in Mesquite for your enjoyment.

Open to to public in Sun City Mesquite, Conestoga Golf Club is another favorite location for travelers to experience. Alike the other courses in the area, the 18 hole expanse preserves nature at every turn and showcases some of the natural elements like rock formations and natural water features. This course is only one hour outside of Las Vegas.

Hotel & Casinos

Virgin Valley Food Mart is definitely your go-to place to stay if you’re traveling by RV, but we’re also located across the street from the Virgin River Hotel & Casino as well as the Eureka Casino. Staying at the Virgin River gives you a great home base to venture out into some of the activities nearby. The casinos in the area have top rated table games and friendly staff members to play a few exciting hands while you’re in Mesquite.

The hotels and casinos also provide the opportunity for a wide variety of dining options. From buffets to upscale dining to quick-service, you’ll be able to find something to suit your needs. Make sure you stop into Virgin Valley Food Mart before you head back out on the road to stock up on snacks, beverages, and gas for your trip!

Activities in Nature - Gold Butte

The surrounding beauty near Mesquite, NV is definitely something to witness, so make sure to find your way out into nature during your stay or travels near Mesquite. There are a few sights in particular that many people visit each year - one of them is Gold Butte National Monument.

The area is an expanse of almost 300,000 acres and boasts the incredible desert landscape colors of rich reds and yellows against a blue sky. If you are able to visit Gold Butte, you could potentially ride horses through the hills, spot bighorn sheep, or even hike to see historic imagery on the rocks. Learn more about what Gold Butte National Monument has to offer and its areas of interest in our previous feature on exploring the natural sights near Mesquite.

Virgin Valley History Museum

As history informs us, the western frontier was home to many settlers and pioneers who established many of the towns and communities we know today (or are home to us today). The Virgin Valley area houses the Southern Nevada area including Mesquite and Bunkerville. In order to preserve the histories and stories from the pioneers of the Virgin Valley, a Heritage Museum was established in 1984. Even the building itself, which is now the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, has a rich history - originally serving as a library, then a medical facility, a boy scouts meeting place, up until its current usage.

At the museum, you’ll find everything from photographs, journals, and personal items, to tools and consumer goods from historic origin in the area. They even feature an online catalog of their museum you can browse before visiting.

Some travelers enjoy learning a bit more about the history of the city or state, and the Nevada Welcome Center is a great way to do so. Stop in to learn about some of Nevada’s rich mining and frontier life and how it grew to become what it is today.

As you plan your trip, consider including some of the activities or sights to catch during your stay in Mesquite or travel through on your way to Salt Lake City or Las Vegas. Virgin Valley Food Mart provides a perfect location to park and play or fuel up to continue on your journey. Learn more about Mesquite and the surrounding attractions by following us on Facebook. Read more helpful tips and advice about traveling in an RV from our blog.

Questions for Virgin Valley Food Mart? Contact us through our website directly and we will address your needs. Located just across the street from the Virgin River and Eureka Casinos, we provide an open and easily navigable space to get gas in Mesquite and also restock with plenty of options for snacks or all types of beverages for your trip. Park for any duration of time you like - by the hour, day, or week, depending on your needs. We look forward to meeting you at Virgin Valley Food Mart soon!