Speedway considers 7 locations in W.Pa.
A month after 7-Eleven Inc. said it was stepping up its presence in the Pittsburgh gas station and convenience store market, a large Midwest chain is eyeing an expansion into Western Pennsylvania.
Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC is looking at sites in seven communities where it may put gas stations, including Delmont, Unity and Hempfield, according to Daniel Hewitt, a Latrobe attorney and Delmont solicitor.
“They seem to be coming in full scale,” said Hewitt, who has had meetings with Speedway representatives in this month about various locations.
Speedway, a subsidiary of Houston-based Marathon Petroleum Corp., wants to expand into Pennsylvania and Tennessee, spokesman Shane Pochard said. He declined to talk about specific areas or how many gas stations the company is considering.
“Speedway is interested in expanding beyond the seven states that we currently serve,” Pochard said. “We're in the stage of evaluating the options in the market.”
The company owns and operates about 1,460 stores in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Western Pennsylvania's gas station and convenience store market is among the most competitive in the nation, experts have said. In addition to a heavy presence of GetGo, owned by O'Hara grocery store chain Giant Eagle Inc., and Altoona-based Sheetz Inc., there are a number of smaller chains that sell branded gasoline, and many independent retailers.
Dallas-based 7-Eleven said in October that it had acquired 125 convenience stores in Pittsburgh and Cleveland from two companies, Handee Marts Inc. of Gibsonia and EZ Energy USA Inc. of Seven Hills, Ohio.
That move was considered by experts to be part of an ongoing battle between 7-Eleven and Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., which owns and franchises about 3,500 Circle K stores in the United States, for dominance of the American market.
Last year, Circle K expanded in Western Pennsylvania with the acquisition of seven stores to add to 22 it operates from Erie south to Washington.
Seven-Eleven owns or franchises about 6,925 stores in the United States.
Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Alex Nixon to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Large-scale batteries are integral in shift to renewable energy
- Plastics, tech sectors crucial to cracker plants
- Student loan debt presents paradox
- Open enrollment puts varied impact of health care law back in focus
- Energy Spotlight: Steve Anthos
- Mortgage in reach despite few dings
- Duquesne University business center helping Hispanic startups
- Without pipelines, gas can’t get to demand
- Hackers rip into heart of open-source software
- Universal theme park swings into Beijing
- EDMC loses $664M; executives receive six-figure bonuses