Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a division of the Kroger Co., has opened its first Express fuel station and convenience store at 1974 S. 1100 East in Sugar House, Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
A second location at 873 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City is set to open this month.
Both locations were acquired from Sinclair Oil, which began selling stores in an effort to exit the retail market at the end of 2009.
Smith’s Express will stock convenience items such as snacks, fountain beverages, tobacco products, ice, beer, auto needs and top-selling grocery and non-food items. Through purchases customers receive reward points, accumulated fuel discounts and Earn & Learn credit for schools.
Kroger Co. operates 2,469 supermarkets and department-type stores in 31 states, and 773 convenience stores under the names of Loaf ‘ N Jug, Turkey Hill, Kwik Stop, Tom Thumb and Quick Stop.
Smith’s Food & Drug operates 132 stores and 62 fuel centers in seven Western states, including 47 stores and 35 fuel centers in Utah.