Uppy's Wins Impact Award

Acknowledges retailer's contribution to community

CHESTER, Va. -- Uppy's Convenience Stores Inc. won the Greater Richmond (Va.) Chamber's Impact Award, said a report by The Richmond Times-Dispatch. The chain was picked from a field of six finalists. The Impact Award goes to a for-profit company that has expanded its sales and number of employees, demonstrates innovation, offers a quality work environment and contributes to the community. The selection process includes a site visit to each finalist.

The award was given out during the chamber's annual dinner at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

"Uppy's [image-nocss] ultimately demonstrated, across the board, their commitment to growing their company and building their community in the process, and we are pleased to recognize them for those efforts," Slaughter Fitz-Hugh, chair of the award committee and president of CapTech Ventures, told the newspaper.

Founded in 1995 by Steven and Linda Uphoff, Uppy's operates 43 stores in Virginia and employs more than 550 people. The Uphoffs also own Southside Oil LLC, a wholesale gasoline-distribution company that bought 172 Exxon retail gasoline stations, mainly in Maryland, this week.

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The Uphoffs began a partnership with Ukrop's Super Markets Inc. in June 2008 to offer discounted gasoline through the fuelperks! loyalty program.