“We are excited to expand our presence into middle Tennessee,” says VPS Chairman and CEO.
VPS Convenience Store Group, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc., has acquired the 17 store BreadBox group located in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. With this acquisition, VPS now operates 435 stores in eight states, including 34 locations in middle and eastern Tennessee.
“We are excited to expand our presence into middle Tennessee by acquiring these stores that have such a rich history in their respective communities,” said VPS Chairman and CEO Jeff Turpin. “BreadBox is a great fit with our current brands. Customers can expect a seamless transition with no interruption in service as we integrate these locations into our family of stores.”
BreadBox sells Shell and Conoco Phillips premium fuels. Several locations offer quick service restaurants on site, including Godfather’s Pizza, Quiznos, Subway and KFC/Taco Bell. The stores are well-known in their communities for cleanliness, friendly customer service and a strong commitment to supporting local schools through the BreadBox Partners At Local Schools (PALS) program.
VPS first entered the Tennessee market in January 2011 when it acquired 22 stores in northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia that were formerly APPCO Convenience Stores. Those stores are now operated under the Scotchman brand.
VPS Convenience Store Group, headquartered in Wilmington, NC, operates stores under six other brand names including Scotchman, Village Pantry, Lil Cricket, Young’s, Next Door Stores and Everyday Shops spread throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.