U-Haul Continues to Boost C-Store, Gas Station Industry Profile

Locations in Mass., Ill., S.C., N.C., Ark. join ranks of retailers offering rentals, merchandise

Phillips 66, Danville, Ill.

ROSLINDALE, Mass. -- Chamel and George Makhoul, owners of Rosy Gas LLC, located in Roslindale, Mass., recently added U‑Haul truck and trailer rentals and  moving merchandise sales to the gas station business they have been operating since 2011.

"As a startup business, we felt U-Haul would not only benefit our business, but also would benefit our Roslindale community members," the Makhouls said.

Other retailers that have recently added U-Haul. Kalindi Patel, owner of Phillips 66 station in Danville, Ill., recently added U‑Haul truck and trailer rentals and merchandise sales to the gas station business she has been operating since 2009.

"U-Haul is added convenience to the community, and the customers needed the added service," Patel said.

Pete Iodice, owner of Travel Center Partners Inc., dba Bryan's Country Store, located in Hardeeville, S.C., recently added U-Haul services and merchandise to the convenience store business he has been operating since 2012.

"We felt that being able to partner with a quality national brand truck and trailer rental operation would help us increase our convenience store business," Iodice said. "Also, being able to offer the service of truck and trailer rentals not only to the local area, but being able to service the people moving into the area by having a convenient location to drop off either their truck or trailer. Since we started with U-Haul, we have seen an increase in our convenience store traffic and have had steady U-Haul business growth."

Jennifer Martin, owner of Carolina Tobacco & Beverage in Hillsborough, N.C., recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals and moving supplies to the c-store business she has been operating since May 2012.

"Carolina Tobacco and Beverage added U-Haul rentals to our business because we knew that they not only would benefit our business but also would benefit the people in Hillsborough and the surrounding areas," Martin said.

And Tiger Stop in Bentonville, Ark., recently added U--Haul truck and trailer rentals and merchandise sales to the c-store business.

"Adding U-Haul rental services to our existing services as a convenience store, gas station and U.S. postal unit makes Tiger Stop a one-stop trip for many needs of our Bentonville customers," said Mike McKenzie, owner of Tiger Stop.

The retailers can now offer its customers a variety of moving equipment and supplies designed specifically for moving household furnishings, including moving vans, open trailers, closed trailers, furniture pads, appliance dollies, furniture dollies, tow dollies and auto transports.

Phoenix-based U-Haul was founded by a Navy veteran who grew up during the Depression. Since 1945, U-Haul has served the do-it-yourself mover with a network of more than 16,300 locations in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. It maintains a rental fleet with approximately 104,000 trucks, 80,000 trailers and 36,000 towing devices. It offers more than 406,000 rooms and 36 million square feet of storage space at nearly 1,100 owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is a leading installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. The company also supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues as one of the nation's largest retailers of propane.