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Minit Mart History

In 1967, a father and son named Ralph and Fred Higgins founded the first Minit Mart store in Lexington, Kentucky. Minit Mart became one of the first convenience stores to add gas pumps in the 1970s, which became a large innovation among convenience stores across the United States. The convenience store chain expanded into Tennessee in the 1980s, and then later into 7 other states.

Since then, Minit Mart has grown to 225 stores. Many locations offer Godfather’s Pizza, O’Deli’s, and many other branded fast food chains. In 2015, Travel Centers of America purchased all Minit Mart locations. In late 2018, Travel Centers of America sold all Minit Mart locations to EG Group.



About EG America


EG America is one of the fastest growing convenience store retailers in the United States. In 2019 EG America established its new national headquarters in Westborough, MA. The company has now grown to 1,600+ stores with locations across the United States. Cumberland Farms, Turkey Hill, Kwik Shop, Loaf ‘N Jug, Tom Thumb, Quik Stop, Sprint, Minit Mart, Fastrac, and Certified Oil are the convenience stores of EG America and we continue to grow our family of stores in the coming years.

About EG Group

Founded in 2001 by the Issa Family, United Kingdom-based EG Group is a leading petrol forecourt retail convenience operator which has established partnerships with global brands. The business has an established pedigree of delivering an excellent fuel, grocery and merchandise, and food service.

EG Group currently employs about 50,000 colleagues working in more than 6,200 sites across the UK&I, Europe, USA and Australia.

The business is regularly recognized for innovation and investment in convenience retail assets, the employees and the systems. Zuber Issa and Mohsin Issa, Founders and co- CEOs, EG Group, were jointly named the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the UK.

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