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Little General takes over five former 7-Eleven convenience stores

Little General Stores Inc. announced it has taken over four stores in West Virginia and one in Ohio that were previously operated under the 7-Eleven brand by Prima Marketing.

The West Virginia stores are in Hurricane, Scott Depot, Pennsboro and Washington. The Ohio store is in Albany.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The store in Hurricane opened as a Little General today. It carries Exxon-brand gasoline. It is at 308 Big Hurricane Creek Road.

The Scott Depot store opened as a Little General on Aug. 16. It carries Shell-brand gasoline. It is at 4044 Teays Valley Road.

Brian Waugh, Little General's director of retail, said in a prepared statement, "We are very happy to welcome the employees and customers of these five locations to the Little General family."

Little General now has five stores in Putnam County, Waugh said.

The Washington and Pennsboro locations are Little General's first in the Parkersburg market and the Albany, Ohio, store is the company's first in the Athens, Ohio, market, he said.

All of the newly acquired stores have been re-branded Little General on the inside and have an automated teller machine. All now carry New River coffee and cappuccino, Siberian Chill frozen beverages, "and everyday value on staples such as milk, ice cream, pop, snacks, groceries, beer, wine, sandwiches, cigarettes, tobacco, novelties and movie rentals," the company said.

"We have plans to add a branded food restaurant to the Albany and Hurricane locations," the company said.

Little General has two stores in Kanawha County under construction: An Arby's restaurant with a Shell-branded gas station at Quincy and a Little General convenience store on Route 60 in St. Albans. Little General also is rebuilding a convenience store with Sunoco-branded gas off Exit 132 of Interstate 79 in Fairmont.

This year Little General has taken over a total of eight locations from Prima Marketing, which is headquartered in Denver, Colo.

Little General now has 90 stores in West Virginia, two in Virginia and one in Ohio. The company is also a franchisee of 29 Subways, 16 Godfather's Pizzas, 11 Sam's Hot Dog Stands, seven Burger King's, seven Arby's, four Taco Bells, four Chester's Chicken Stands, two Steak Escapes, a Custard Stand Hot Dog stand in Danville, Boone County, and the 79er Restaurant in Burnsville.

Cory Beasley and Greg Darby own Little General, which is based in Beckley.

Two weeks ago 7-Eleven Inc. announced it was buying 74 convenience stores from Prima Marketing, including 62 in West Virginia. Dallas-based 7-Eleven now has 83 stores in West Virginia.

Other major convenience store operators in West Virginia:

* Go-Mart Inc., headquartered in Gassaway, has about 100 stores in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

* Sheetz, headquartered in Altoona, Pa., has 428 stores in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina.

* One Stop, headquartered in Belle, has more than 40 stores in the region.

Contact writer George Hohmann at or 304-348-4836.


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