Jacksons Food Stores, based in Meridian, has purchased 53 Puget Sound-area service stations and convenience stores along with the rights to provide fuel to 42 others in Western Washington.
John Jackson, the company’s chief executive, told the News Tribune in Tacoma that the company was at the right point to expand in that region. Jacksons bought Shell stations and convenience stores in Oregon and southern Washington in 2008, he said.
All Washington and Oregon stores receive fuel from Shell’s Anacortes refinery, in Puget Sound. Jacksons officials have said they intend to retain most of the stores’ 350 employees.
Initially, the company is cleaning up, restocking and repainting the convenience stores, and an emphasis will be placed on the stores rather than the fuel sales.
The stores will continue to sell Shell gasoline and petroleum products, but the stores themselves will be re-branded as Jacksons Food stores.
Jackson began in 1975 with a single convenience store and service station in Caldwell. The company owns 213 food and fuel dispensaries in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada.