The chain that achieved the greatest percentage of growth in 2016 was El Paso, Texas-based Western Refining. The firm purchased Minneapolis-based Northern Tier’s refining and marketing assets, essentially doubling its retail base to 543 company and franchised locations. Though the purchase was a significant retail acquisition, refining played a major role, as signified by San Antonio, Texas-based Tesoro Corp.’s subsequent purchase of Western Refining.
Jobbers also did well in 2016. Wallis Oil, Cuba, Mo., for instance, almost doubled its store count with the acquisition of U-Gas, Fenton, Mo., bringing its store count to 66 and entering the chain into CSP’s Top 202 at No. 91.
Other retailers with gas-station roots also did well in 2016. Upland, Calif.-based Anabi Oil added 75 stores to rank No. 32 and Worcester, Mass.-based Nouria Energy Corp. bought 33 locations to rank No. 55.