We see them all around and visit them regularly; convenience stores are ubiquitous. But did you ever wonder who owns them?
The answer mostly has been too complicated to contemplate. A lot of them are still owned by individual shopkeepers; it's one of the businesses not yet swept up into a handful of megachains. And yet there are some shifts.
So we read with interest today's story about the takeover of 62 convenience/gas station outlets in the Portland and Vancouver area by Idaho's Jackson Food Stores, based at Meridian. Jackson has been a successful and fast-growing operation mainly in southern Idaho, but gradually expanding elsewhere. The stores had been operated by Shell Oil Products, and entered into a deal with Jackson on their management.
So in a sense it's not really a consolidation of business. But it may be another of those subtle threads linking the Northwest together.