Casey’s acquires area Tri-Par stations

Convenience store chain buys seven local outlets in deal that bolsters its growing Wisconsin operations
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press staff

Casey’s General Store, one of the largest gas station and convenience store chain in the nation, is gaining a foothold in Ozaukee County by acquiring Saukville-based Tri-Par Oil Co.

The Iowa-based chain, which earlier this year announced plans to build stores in Port Washington and Fredonia, plans to convert all  seven Tri-Par stations to Casey’s stores, Tri-Par President Steve Gall said. Tri-Par will close its stores at the end of the month.

“It seemed like the right time to step aside and right company to move forward with,” Gall said.

Tri-Par has operates stations in Saukville, Newburg, Cedarburg, Random Lake, Slinger, West Bend and Hustisford.  

All Tri-Par employees will be offered interviews by Casey’s to retain their jobs, Gall said.

The Gall family has owned Tri-Par since 1930.

“It’s a difficult decision because the business has been in the family for 88 years, and we’re leaving behind 95 great employees,” he said.

Gall said Casey’s approached Tri-Par about the acquisition several months ago, and the deal was finalized in July. He would not comment on the price of the buyout.

Gall said he and his brother Mark, who is Tri-Par’s vice president, will seek new business opportunities.

“We’ll look for jobs. We’re too young to retire,” Gall said.

Casey’s has stores in 16 states, primarily in the Midwest and the Dakotas.

Casey’s is building a store in Fredonia at the southeast corner of Highland and Martin drives that is expected to open this fall.

The chain is also seeking another location in Port Washington at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Highway LL.

The company, which has 25 stores in Wisconsin and 2,000 throughout the country, is the fourth-largest convenience store chain and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States.

Casey’s was founded in 1968 by Don Lamberti in Des Moines, Iowa. The company is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa.

Casey’s officials did not return phone calls for comment.
   

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