Little General Store’s Growth Mode Continues

BECKLEY, W. Va. -- Little General Store Inc. continues to expand with the addition of two Exxon-branded stores to its portfolio. The move comes one month after the locally based convenience store operator acquired five Sunoco-branded locations, as CSNews Online previously reported.

The latest acquisitions are the Amherstdale Exxon in Amherstdale and the K&E Exxon in Danville, both in West Virginia. Both stores were built and previously operated by the Hensley Family. The Amherstdale store, situated on Buffalo Creek Road, operated as an Exxon station until it went unbranded earlier this month. The Danville store, situated on Route 119 South, has operated as an Exxon station since it opened 15 years ago. A Hardee’s restaurant was previously located inside the location, according to Little General Store.

"We are very excited to welcome the employees and customers of these two locations to the Little General Family," said Brian Waugh, director of retail. "Located within our existing territory, these two locations have been known for providing quality customer service with strong ties to their communities for many years. We are very excited about the possibilities of these two locations and would like to thank the Hensley Family for everything they’ve done to build these businesses."

The company, which counts 82 convenience stores in West Virginia and Virginia, has already laid out plans for its newest locations. "At the Buffalo Creek location, we have short-term plans to convert it to the Sunoco brand, which would make it the only Sunoco in Logan County; we also have long-term plans to add some type of foodservice to this location and will determine this in the future," Waugh explained.

"At the Danville location, which will make the third Little General location in Danville, we have short-term plans to add some type of foodservice in the area inside the store that was formerly occupied by Hardee’s. We look forward to leveraging our strengths and operating capability to further expand the Little General business model to the residents, and miners of Buffalo Creek, Logan and Boone counties, and the Southern West Virginia coalfields."

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