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Jr. Foods Sells Out to "Kum and Go," But Declines Interview

APRIL 12, 2006 -- POSTED AT 9:30 P.M. CST

 

JONESBORO, AR -- One of the most well known chains of stores in Jonesboro will soon be only a memory. Jr. Foods has recently been bought out by an Iowa based convenience store company.

 

After a major sellout, Kum and Go Convenience Stores will take over the majority of the Jr. Food Stores from J. Wade Quinn Company. Kum and Go is the 20th largest convenience store in the U.S. , but Jr. Foods has been one the largest local group of stores for 41 years.

 

We wanted to know the reasoning behind this big sell. So, we set up an interview with a member of the Quinn family, the owners of Jr. Foods. However, the interview was cancelled after a touchy subject was put on the table. As many know, Jr. Foods used Shell Gasoline as their fuel provider at most locations and there are many Shell gas credit card holders in this area.

 

The new owner, Kum and Go, sells their own brand of gasoline and once the transfer is complete, they will not use Shell any longer. We contacted the Shell Corporation, who noted that Jr. Foods is still under an 8 year contract to carry their gasoline, but the Quinns would not comment regarding their stance on the situation. We will pass along any further information that we may get on this story.

 

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