This article contains plot spoilers for the 2017 series of Twin Peaks.
A nondescript convenience store and the place "above" it were inhabited by a number of supernatural beings.
The store itself was a generic, one-story shack labeled "CONVENIENCE STORE" and outfitted with a pair of gas pumps. Its exact location was indeterminate, as it could apparently appear and disappear in an erratic manner.
The stairs on the right side of the building did not lead to an upper floor; instead, those who mounted them traveled to an interior space described as being "above" the store. Several woodsmen appeared to act as guardians or chaperones for visitors to the convenience store.
After the Trinity nuclear test on July 16, 1945, woodsmen rushed about outside a one-floored convenience store with cans piled behind the window. An outside staircase linked to its roof above it. A bright explosion and smoke manifested within the store itself.
While he was trying to explain his disappearance to his FBI colleagues, Phillip Jeffries alluded to a room above a convenience store and a meeting he had witnessed there. At this gathering, many spirits were gathered to "discuss" garmonbozia, a green Formica table missing a circular piece on it and with chrome trimming, a green ring, and electricity. The room was dirty and spare, with three covered windows and disparate furniture. After the meeting, the room seemed to transform into the curtained waiting room of the Black Lodge, as BOB and the arm crossed through into a hallway, laughing. Before the meeting, the arm's whooping could be heard emanating from a telephone pole numbered six.
MIKE stated to FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper in a dream that he and BOB – another spirit – had once lived among the people, above a convenience store. In the following days, following clues from this dream, Cooper determined that the twine used to bind Laura Palmer before her murder had been purchased at the Quik Stop convenience store in Twin Peaks.
According to Diane Evans's tulpa, Dale Cooper's doppelganger visited Diane a few years after Dale's disappearance from Twin Peaks. By her account, the doppelganger asked about FBI business before proceeding to attack and rape her. Cooper then took Diane to what the tulpa called "an old gas station".
Twenty-five years later, Cooper's doppelganger visited the convenience store, which at that time was situated off a wooded road near western Montana. Escorted by several woodsmen, Cooper traveled to a motel on its "upper level." He was abruptly returned to the store's exterior telephone booth after a meeting with Phillip Jeffries.
The original Cooper later entered the convenience store through a door in the Great Northern Hotel furnace room, where he was greeted by MIKE. Cooper and MIKE then traveled to the motel to meet Jeffries, mirroring his doppelganger's prior journey.
Behind the scenes Edit
The store's generic name and appearance in Twin Peaks: The Return, and its depiction in relation to the Trinity test, may be intended to evoke the fake towns used in some nuclear tests to simulate the effects of bombing a populated area. For the real Trinity test, no such structures were used.
Ray Monroe describes Phillip Jeffries' location as "the Dutchman's" and "not a real place," although it is unclear whether the name refers to the store itself or the unidentified motel where Jeffries' machine appears. Considering the store's ability to appear and disappear, the name may refer to the 19th-century legend of the Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship that cannot make port and terrorizes seafarers.