W.C. Jones established Walton Grocery Company in 1953. His goal was to sell quality products and provide excellent convenient service. His first supermarket was located in De Funiak Springs, Florida. From the traditional supermarket, he began to experiment with the convenience store concept. He opened his first convenience store in Crestview, Florida. Rapid growth followed as the company moved into the beach areas along the Florida Gulf coast and in to the small rural towns. The addition of gasoline to the convenience store scene developed rapidly and gasoline became an integral part of the store. Over time, the company added fried chicken delis to multiple locations.
In 1979, W.C. merged his company with two other family owned companies to what we now know as Tom Thumb Food Stores. Rodney Jones, son of W.C. Jones, was named President of the combined companies.
The successful family business of 84 stores caught the eye of Dillon Companies, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Company. Dillon Companies acquired the Tom Thumb Food Stores in 1984.
Today Tom Thumb Food Stores operates over 113 stores in the panhandle of Florida and southern Alabama. Our customer’s enjoy a wide range of product offerings from brand names to our very own proprietary products. Many of our stores offer additional services for our customers’ convenience, including ATMs, lottery tickets, and gasoline.
We will strive to always provide quality, excellence and convenience to our customers and the communities we serve.
EG America is one of the fastest growing convenience store retailers in the United States. After acquiring Kroger’s convenience store portfolio in April 2018, EG America established its headquarters in Cincinnati, OH. The company has now grown to 1,000+ stores with locations across the United States. EG America stores, Turkey Hill, Kwik Shop, Loaf ‘N Jug, Tom Thumb, Quik Stop, Minit Mart, Fastrac, and Certified Oil are the convenience stores of EG America, and we are on a mission to grow our family of stores in the coming years.
EG America’s parent company is EG Group, located in Blackburn, England. EG Group is the world’s leading independent fuel station and convenience retailer, with a diversified portfolio of sites across eight countries in Europe and North America. By the end of 2018, the business will operate 5,000+ sites, employing more than 25,000 people, and generating pro-forma annualized revenues above $20 billion globally.
As part of its strategy to deliver profitable growth, EG Group partnered with premium brands across its product and service offerings. On the fuel side, EG Group partner with prominent fuel brands such as Esso, BP, Shell, and Texaco. In convenience retail, the business has cultivated relationships with well-known retail and grocery brands such as SPAR, Louis Delhaize, and Carrefour, while EG Group’s food to go partners include brands such as Starbucks, Subway, Burger King, KFC, Greggs, and Pomme de Pain.
EG Group has made a significant commitment to delivering a modernized consumer retail offer which exceeds expectations and creates a true ‘one-stop’ retail destination to satisfy multiple consumer missions. The business receives regular recognition for innovation and investment; Zuber Issa and Mohsin Issa, Founders and co-CEOs of EG Group, were jointly named the 2016 NACS Insight European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year.
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