Mergers & Acquisitions

Tri Star Energy Acquires Lewis Country Store

New owner puts store’s controversial past behind it
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Photograph courtesy of Tri Star Energy

A Nashville, Tennessee, area gas station and convenience store that was known for displaying signs with far-right political messages that many customers found offensive is now under completely different ownership.

Tri Star Energy LLC—the owner and operator of more than 200 Twice Daily, Little General, Sudden Service, Southern Traders c-stores and the White Bison Coffee foodservice brand—recently acquired Lewis Country Store, according to a report by The News. The new ownership represents a new beginning for what was a controversial location under its previous owner, Brad Lewis, who acknowledged ties to extremist groups, the report said. Lewis is no longer involved with the business.

Shell debranded the station in 2016 because of the controversy.

“This site will be operated with the same integrity and expertise we do with all our sites and locations,” Dawn Boulanger, vice president of marketing for Nashville, Tennessee-based Tri Star Energy, said in a statement provided to CSP. “Now that the acquisition has been finalized and Tri Star Energy owns the property, guests can expect to receive our great customer service and our mission to build lasting relationships by serving our community.”

Tri Star did not disclose how much it paid for the more than 5.5-acre property, but documents from the Davidson County Register of Deeds show that the property sold for $4.5 million, according to the newspaper.

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