NOCO Transition to Speedway Underway

Gas stations, convenience stores will switch over this week

Tom Puckett
July 17, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) NOCO gas stations and convenience stores are now in transition to Speedway in Western New York. The process will continue throughout the week.

"Speedway is the largest convenience store chain of its type, which is company operated stores," says Jim Calvin of the New York State Association of Convenience Stores. "Speedway at one time was no bigger than NOCO itself." 

Calvin says Speedway has invested in NOCO's stores and the terminal in WNY. "They're making a long term investment into the local economy," says Calvin. "Speedway has a very active and successful loyalty program for their customers, which has proven to be successful for repeat business."

For Jim Newman and NOCO, it's a bittersweet time. "We're trying to adjust the company strategy and Speedway has entered the market aggressively. (My brother) Mike and I have chosen to stay with our fuel distribution business, our third party store operation, and supplying natural gas and electric," says Newman. He says the biggest visibility has been the convenience stores, and this has been an emotional time.

Newman says the transition will be gradual. "They'll be doing three to four stations over the next seven days," says Newman. The staff won't be affected. "They'll have different uniforms. Food service vendors like Charlie the Butcher, Tim Hortons and Subway will remain in place. The green and orange will go to red and white," he adds.

Newman says expect resets in the type of food and cooler space, but the buildings will stay the same.

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