Erickson Oil Buys C-Store Near HQ

Company now operates 66 Freedom Marts

HUDSON, Wis. -- Erickson Oil Inc. purchased the former MR Convenience Store in Hudson, Wis., and will soon be rebrand it, according to a report in the Hudson Star-Observer.

“We are pleased to have completed the purchase transaction of the MR Convenience store,” Gary Vander Vorst, president of Erickson Oil, told the newspaper. “The prior owners of the store, Marty Ryan and Richard Sterbenz did a great job of developing the business over the years.”

Erickson Oil plans to build on that business base with its Freedom Brand. The store is being re-imaged as a Freedom Valu Center, and the fueling island will maintain the BP brand.

“We have been able to welcome the qualified team of store personnel to our Freedom Family, so the customers will continue to see the same friendly faces working in the store,” Vander Vorst said. A retail strip center attached to the convenience store is a part of the total purchase. The Knotty Vines tenant will remain in the center. The rest of the tenant space is available for lease.

“We look forward to serving the Hudson community with another convenient Freedom location. This new store complements our current stores in the Hudson market,” said Vander Vorst.

Erickson Oil is based in Hudson, Wis. The company has been owned by the Erickson family for 62 years. The company owns and operates 66 stores in four states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Michigan.