Based in Greenville, S.C., the Spinx chain has grown significantly from its single location in 1972 to a statewide presence. Former Shell employee Stewart Spinks expanded his home-heating-oil company and gas station into a chain of convenience stores that was initially clustered in upstate South Carolina but has expanded along the I-26 corridor to Columbia and Charleston. The independent, family-owned company has plans to continue to expand its footprint.

In January 2015, Spinx announced a partnership with Shell Oil Co., whereby Spinx will brand 13 of its fueling stations with the Shell pectin. This partnership will allow these newly co-branded sites to be redemption locations for the popular BI-LO fuelperks! program.

Spinx has also recently added a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at a store in Anderson, S.C. The CNG fueling station will be open to the public for use by commercial fleets and individual vehicles. Several years ago, Spinx added electric-vehicle charging stations at four of its South Carolina stores, making it the first c-store retailer in South Carolina to have the outlets.

From a technology perspective, Spinx remains on the cutting edge; it released phase 2 of its mobile app in February 2015. The latest version of the app includes real-time Spinx fuel prices. App users can manage their Spinx Xtras loyalty card, redeem gas discount rewards at the pump and pay for purchases at the store via mobile payment.

Headquarters:Greenville, South Carolina
No. of Stores:80
Average Store Size:4,000+ sq. ft.
Rank Last Year:91
States of Operation:
Family Business:Yes