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APPCO bought by NC company; plans to hire locally, open soon

VPS Convenience Stores, based out of Wilmington, North Carolina, has recently acquired 22 of the former APPCO stores that were closed due to bankruptcy filings this past summer, including locations in the tri-cities, southwestern Virginia and Mountain City. The stores will re-open as part of the Scotchman Convenience Store chain.
There are approximately 402 VPS locations that span seven states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and Michigan. “We go from Mackinaw City in Michigan to Charleston, South Carolina,” said Chairman and CEO Jeff Turpin. Close to home, Scotchman Convenience Stores can currently be found in Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, NC. In addition to Scotchman, the company operates under the names of Young’s, Li’l Cricket, Village Pantry and Next Door Stores. “We are very excited to bring the Scotchman Store brand to the tri-cities region,” said Turpin. “The additional APPCO locations will increase the total VPS store count to more than 400 convenience stores with operations in seven states, and we look forward to continued growth in the Tennessee and Virginia markets. Consistent with our other acquisitions, we plan to reimage and upgrade all of these stores so that we can better serve our new customers.”

VPS plans to open the new store locations in the next several weeks. “Twenty-two stores will open as soon as we can procure equipment, supplies and employees,” Turpin said. According to Turpin, the previous bankruptcy owners stripped and removed the stores of all equipment. VPS stores sell BP, Exxon, Shell, Valero, Marathon and Carolina Petro at their gas pumps. The newly acquired stores will most likely be offering either BP or Exxon gasoline, Turpin added.
“This area has been named one of the best local areas for business by Forbes so we know our stores will be welcomed by the people here and we’ll be successful,” Turpin said, “We are happy to expand our operations in Tennessee and Virginia as we continue to look for new growth areas.”
In addition to fuel, Scotsman stores offer a selection of traditional convenience store products such as grocery, bakery and deli food items. Turpin stressed that since the Mountain City location will be next to a Burger King, they will not offer items that compete with their business.
According to Turpin, the acquisition of the 22 locations will open approximately 150 new jobs dispersed throughout the new service region. Turpin added they will be looking within the local communities to hire their employees and he encourages people to apply. Those interested in employment opportunities can call the main office at (800) 348-3430, or apply online at www.worsley.com.