Mergers & Acquisitions

Nouria Acquires Maine C-Store Chain, More

Retailer picks up convenience-store, quick lube, car wash, wholesale, transport businesses

MANCHESTER, Maine -- Expanding its retail footprint in Maine, Nouria Energy Corp. has acquired the assets of J&S Oil, including 13 businesses—eight Xpress Stop convenience stores with fuel, two Express Lube auto-service locations and three Ultra Clean car washes.

J&S Oil Xpress Stop Nouria Energy

The transaction brings the number of Nouria locations in the Pine Tree State to 31 and boosts Nouria’s retail network to a total of approximately 140 locations, spanning from Sagamore, Mass., to Waterville, Maine.

The Xpress Stop convenience stores sell Green Mountain coffee, beer, lottery, tobacco and more. Foodservice includes Amato's, offering pizza and sandwiches, and Café Xpress, offering Krispy Krunchy Chicken, in some locations.

“The J&S locations complement our existing Nouria operation in the great state of Maine because of their exceptional customer service, foodservice focus and thriving private-label fuel and car-wash businesses,” said Tony El-Nemr, president and CEO of Nouria Energy.

“Our family and our extended employee family have been serving the good folks of central Maine for over 44 years,” said John Babb, president of J&S Oil. “We very much look forward to blending our operations with the professional team of Nouria Energy and to being part of their growing portfolio of successful operation in New England.”

El-Nemr continued, “We have great respect for the successful business that the Babb family and their team built over the years and look forward to working with and learning from this experienced group. I want to welcome the dedicated employees of J&S to the Nouria organization.”

As reported in a McLane/CSP Daily News Flash, the deal also includes a wholesale fuel supply division and a transport logistics business.

J&S Oil, based in Manchester, Maine, opened its first gas station in November 1972. It operates retail locations in Auburn, Augusta, Farmingdale, Lewiston, Manchester, Topsham, Waterville and Winslow.

Founded in 1989 by Tony El-Nemr, Nouria Energy, Worcester, Mass., is one of New England’s largest family-owned and -operated convenience-store and fuel retailers. The company owns and now operates more than 90 Lil’ Mart and other convenience stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and supplies fuel to more than 140 sites operating under the Shell, Irving, Gulf brands and unbranded fuel throughout New England.

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