Aloha Hosts Senator Hirono

Convenience-store event connects senator with community

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) Aloha Petroleum

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)

HONOLULU -- Aloha Petroleum recently hosted U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) for an in-store event at its Aloha Island Mart Kahala convenience-store. The event, in partnership with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and its NACS In Store program, offered Hirono an opportunity to work behind the counter to interact with members of the local community and talk about issues.

“Hawaii’s convenience stores make important contributions to our state by creating jobs, supporting our tourism industry, and providing an array of services to Hawaii families,” said Hirono before the event. “This store visit will give me a firsthand look at day-to-day operations as we look at helping consumers find healthier meal options on the go.”

“We’re honored to host Senator Hirono at our Aloha Island Mart in Kahala and look forward to her interacting with employees and customers and experiencing firsthand the wide range of products and services that convenience stores provide the public,” said Aloha Petroleum president and CEO Richard Parry. “We’re especially excited about showcasing our healthy choices, as last year, we became the first retail business in Hawaii to adopt the Department of Health’s Choose Healthy Now project. Now, in addition to standard convenience store fare, our customers can enjoy fresh salads, whole fruit, fruit salads, yogurt and other high-performance foods and drinks.”

“Convenience stores are the anchor of communities across the country, and they are also where community conversations take place,” said Henry Armour, NACS president and CEO. “More than half of the country visits a convenience store on a daily basis, whether to buy fuel, use the ATM, wash their cars or quickly buy snacks, drinks or meals. The NACS In Store program gives elected officials a perfect opportunity to experience how these stores serve the public in their home districts.”

More than 30 NACS In Store events have been completed with members of Congress to experience firsthand the community experience that takes place at their local convenience stores.

Honolulu-based Aloha Petroleum is a subsidiary of Sunoco LP, Houston, and is one of the largest gasoline marketers and convenience store operators in Hawaii, with a history that dates back to the early 1900s. Aloha markets through approximately 100 Shell, Aloha and Mahalo branded fueling stations and 46 Aloha Island Marts, four Menehune Food Marts and two Subways throughout the state.