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Steve and Linda Uphoff first ventured into their own convenience store business, Uppy’s Convenience Stores, in 1996. The family’s first convenience store was built in Emporia, Virginia. Opening on March 18, 1996, it was designed to mirror an old 1950’s dinner, with an Amoco branded gasoline canopy, six MPD’s, a full-service Taco Bell, Subway, Dairy Queen and an Uppy’s branded convenience store.


In August 1998, the Uphoffs also started their own wholesale fuels business, Southside Oil with three fuel transport trucks and trailers, and four fuel oil delivery trucks in Boydton, Virginia. In June of 2010, Linda and Steve merged their convenience store company and their wholesale oil company, now with 44 company-operated Uppy’s stores and 42 Dealer served ExxonMobil and BP stations, with Catterton Partners The company grew to a combined 309 stores and dealer-served stations throughout VA, MD, and, DE.


The combined annual gallons sold was over 450,000,000 gallons and 1.5 billion USD in annual revenues making Southside Oil the largest ExxonMobil fuel Distributor at the time in the United States. The partnership group eventually sold most of the Uppy’s stores and the wholesale oil company to Sunoco in October of 2013.


IMAGE: LINDA UPHOFF, SUE BANKS, AND STEVE UPHOFF ON FEB 8, 2016, 

HISTORY

Steve and Linda Uphoff first ventured into their own convenience store business, Uppy’s Convenience Stores, in 1996. The family’s first convenience store was built in Emporia, Virginia. Opening on March 18, 1996, it was designed to mirror an old 1950’s dinner, with an Amoco branded gasoline canopy, six MPD’s, a full-service Taco Bell, Subway, Dairy Queen and an Uppy’s branded convenience store.


In August 1998, the Uphoffs also started their own wholesale fuels business, Southside Oil with three fuel transport trucks and trailers, and four fuel oil delivery trucks in Boydton, Virginia. In June of 2010, Linda and Steve merged their convenience store company and their wholesale oil company, now with 44 company-operated Uppy’s stores and 42 Dealer served ExxonMobil and BP stations, with Catterton Partners The company grew to a combined 309 stores and dealer-served stations throughout VA, MD, and, DE.


The combined annual gallons sold was over 450,000,000 gallons and 1.5 billion USD in annual revenues making Southside Oil the largest ExxonMobil fuel Distributor at the time in the United States. The partnership group eventually sold most of the Uppy’s stores and the wholesale oil company to Sunoco in October of 2013.


IMAGE: LINDA UPHOFF, SUE BANKS, AND STEVE UPHOFF ON FEB 8, 2016, 

HISTORY

Steve and Linda Uphoff first ventured into their own convenience store business, Uppy’s Convenience Stores, in 1996. The family’s first convenience store was built in Emporia, Virginia. Opening on March 18, 1996, it was designed to mirror an old 1950’s dinner, with an Amoco branded gasoline canopy, six MPD’s, a full-service Taco Bell, Subway, Dairy Queen and an Uppy’s branded convenience store.


In August 1998, the Uphoffs also started their own wholesale fuels business, Southside Oil with three fuel transport trucks and trailers, and four fuel oil delivery trucks in Boydton, Virginia. In June of 2010, Linda and Steve merged their convenience store company and their wholesale oil company, now with 44 company-operated Uppy’s stores and 42 Dealer served ExxonMobil and BP stations, with Catterton Partners The company grew to a combined 309 stores and dealer-served stations throughout VA, MD, and, DE.


The combined annual gallons sold was over 450,000,000 gallons and 1.5 billion USD in annual revenues making Southside Oil the largest ExxonMobil fuel Distributor at the time in the United States. The partnership group eventually sold most of the Uppy’s stores and the wholesale oil company to Sunoco in October of 2013.


IMAGE: LINDA UPHOFF, SUE BANKS, AND STEVE UPHOFF ON FEB 8, 2016, 

In February 2016, Steve and Linda decided to once again take on the challenge of operating high-quality convenience stores and selling ExxonMobil branded fuel products. Around the same time, a Florida Keys family was ready to sell their fuel company and chain of gas stations. Run sixty-eight years by the Dion family, Dion’s was, and is, a popular place in the Keys to fill-up with gas and fried chicken.


By the time the Dion family was ready to sell they had grown “from a leased bulk plant in Key West with two tiny tank wagons and TBA (tires, batteries and accessories) to a bulk plant and lubes warehouse in Homestead, a fleet of trucks, a successful chain of convenience stores and 160 employees”.


In 2016, the Dion family decided to trust Steve and Linda to continue offering the advantages of a business run by family. The flagship Uppy’s store opened in 2017 in Key West; currently the Uppy’s and Dion’s brands provide petroleum products to many dealers and operate eleven stores in the Florida Keys.

In February 2016, Steve and Linda decided to once again take on the challenge of operating high-quality convenience stores and selling ExxonMobil branded fuel products. Around the same time, a Florida Keys family was ready to sell their fuel company and chain of gas stations. Run sixty-eight years by the Dion family, Dion’s was, and is, a popular place in the Keys to fill-up with gas and fried chicken.


By the time the Dion family was ready to sell they had grown “from a leased bulk plant in Key West with two tiny tank wagons and TBA (tires, batteries and accessories) to a bulk plant and lubes warehouse in Homestead, a fleet of trucks, a successful chain of convenience stores and 160 employees”.


In 2016, the Dion family decided to trust Steve and Linda to continue offering the advantages of a business run by family. The flagship Uppy’s store opened in 2017 in Key West; currently the Uppy’s and Dion’s brands provide petroleum products to many dealers and operate eleven stores in the Florida Keys.

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