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Grant County Oil Named 2016 KGCSA Convenience Store of the Year, Award Presented National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)
Frankfort, KY – November 29, 2016 – Jeff, Pennie and Jason Dunaway owner/operators of Grant County Oil Company in Williamstown, KY were honored with the 2016 Convenience Store of the Year Award, presented by NACS, during the Kentucky Grocers and Convenience Stores Association, Inc. (KGCSA) 75th Annual Awards event.
Jeff, Pennie and Jason Dunaway owner/operators of Grant County Oil in Williamstown, KY were honored by attendees of the 75th KGCSA Annual Awards event held on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at Talon Vineyards and Winery in Lexington, KY. The awards luncheon was made possible by the gracious sponsorships provided by Circle K - Midwest Division, Farmer’s Tobacco of Cynthiana and S. Abraham & Sons.
Grant County Oil Company was founded in 1960 by G.B. Dunaway and a partner as single convenience store, home heating oil and farm oil delivery company serving the Grant County, KY area. In 1978, G.B.’s son Jeff began working for the company and learning the business by making oil deliveries and learning how to operate a convenience store.
In the 1980’s as times changed and bay-style service stations started converting to convenience stores, Grant County Oil realized that their traditional oil/petroleum distributing business needed to change and include more convenience stores. According the Jason, his father Jeff “played an insanely huge role” in leading the opening of four additional convenience stores.
In 2011, Pennie Dunaway joined the company and was, as Jason says, a tremendous asset in taking control of vendor management for items, deals and pricing along with even working shifts at stores when an employee didn’t show up.
While Jeff learned the business from his father, Pennie and Jason have learned from Jeff and each has brought unique skills and knowledge to the business that have contributed to 56 years of success.
As all convenience store operators know, new challenges are a fact of life and Grant County Oil steps up every day as an independent to turn challenges into opportunities. As more and more chains turn to food service operations, GCOC has realized that while that may not be able to offer hundreds of items for a roller grill, they are confident in their ability to understand the wants and needs of their customers and work to make sure what customers want is on the shelf or in food service operations.
One additional advantage Jason believes his company offers is clean and bright store facilities along with excellent customer service. From renting a pressure washer for cleaning gas canopies to planting flowers at store locations, Jeff, Pennie and Jason personally make sure their stores are always in top shape.
Grant County Oil Company relies on their wholesaler, H.T. Hackney, for having the right product on the shelf. According to Jason, the Hackney food shows keep retailers up to date on what products are working in stores and would rather have them take a product off the shelf rather than having an item that does not move quickly.
To learn more about GCOC, A video presentation about the company is available at the top of this page or on Youtube at https://youtu.be/0aFsxxBqFBE
On behalf of the KGCSA membership that includes retailers and suppliers, we congratulate Grant County Oil Company and the Dunaway family for their success!
About the Kentucky Grocers and Convenience Stores Association, Inc.(KGCSA):
Founded in 1941 and celebrating 75 years of service in 2016, the Kentucky Grocers and Convenience Stores Association, Inc. is a statewide trade association representing grocery, convenience, motor fuel retailers and their suppliers operating approximately 3,300 retailer locations across Kentucky. The KGCSA provides effective legislative and regulatory representation in all aspects of Kentucky government along with current information and member services programs benefitting the retail food and motor fuels distribution systems in Kentucky.