Break Time Breaks Out

MFA remodeling three c-stores acquired from Ross Oil; upgrading coffee, foodservice

Greg Lindenberg, Editor, CSP

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- MFA Petroleum, a wholly owned subsidiary of MFA Oil Co., is expanding its Break Time convenience store chain in southeastern Missouri with the opening of three new locations: Poplar Bluff, Silva and Piedmont.

Break Time has signed long-term leases with Ross Oil Co. and RI Corp. for the locations, which formerly were operated under the BP brand.

"We already have three stores in Southeast Missouri, with one being a rebuild which opened a year ago December in Minor, another large-format store in Sikeston and a potential rebuild site in Hayti," Jackie [image-nocss] Maxwell, Break Time general manager, told CSP Daily News. "These three additional locations from Ross [Oil] fit well into our market area and growth plans."

All three of the recently acquired stores have Break Time's newest graphics on the canopy and building, Maxwell said, and all three are undergoing full remodeling on the inside.

"These additional stores will enable us to add a route for distribution of our Dashboard Diner proprietary sandwich line," she said. The company operates a commissary in Columbia, Mo., and distributes to 55 of its 78 stores.

And the company is adding an expanded Roasters Cafe coffee programwith 21 choices of premium coffee and cappuccino flavorsand its expanded roller grill program, to the Poplar Bluff store.

In addition, it has installed new canopy decking, LED lighting, Wayne Ovation dispensers and E85 to the Poplar Bluff store, Maxwell said.

Remodels will be completed "in the next few weeks," she said. The stores will host grand openings at that time.

Columbia-based MFA Oil is a farmer-owned cooperative with more than 40,000 members. The company supplies fuels, lubricants and propane to customers in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa. Through a subsidiary, MFA Oil operates about 80 Break Time c-stores featuring Dashboard Diner, Roasters Cafe and Top Tier gasoline in Missouri and Arkansas, as well as Jiffy Lube and Big O Tire franchises in central Missouri.

And because of MFA Oil's commitment to the communities it serves, Break Time allocates a portion of its profits to the MFA Oil Foundation. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees.