Vintners Distributors Inc. is based in Fremont, Calif., and all of its convenience stores and gas stations are in California. The company was founded in 1978 and develops real estate and owns and operates gas stations with convenience stores and car washes. Of the nearly 150 locations it owns, 14 are operated by dealers; the company operates 124 sites. Vintners also has a wholesale division that delivers fuel to about 60 dealer locations in the market, but the company has no other influence on products or operations for those locations. Many of the company's outlets have a car wash, and the company says any new locations must have space for a car wash.
Stores have been branded by the fuel name, either Shell or Chevron, but in 2013, the chain introduced a new brand, Loop Neighborhood. Vintners unveiled the first few Loop Neighborhood markets in the Bay Area, and opened 14 by the end of 2015 and anticipates adding about six per year.
Having a brand and offering unique products is key to differentiating the Loop Neighborhood stores. The brand is being supported with the presence of the company's 24 fuel tankers that are visible on the highways throughout the Bay Area, where more than 100 company-operated stores are located.
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