Lead: Stripes Convenience Stores


Products: Full-service convenient store, including snacks, beverages, gas, food, with the opportunity for buffet lunch/dinners.

Geographic Scope: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma

Revenue: $5.8 Billion (USD) per year

Employees: < 1,000 employees

Business Structure: The company owns and operates all of its locations as a subsidiary under its parent company, Energy Transfer Partners.

Address & Phone:

8020 Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75231

Website: StripesStores.com

Quick Links:

Ep139: C-Store Raises $1.2 Million, Earns Cause Marketing Stripes

10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2014 [#8 Cumberland Farms]

Raise More Money with Businesses with Donation Boxes [Profiles USO/Kangaroo Express Partnership]

BP Gas Stations Raise Money with Window Clings

Top 101 Convenience Stores

Rivals to Target: 7-Eleven, Speedway, Sheetz

Analysis: C-Stores are an area of opportunity for cause marketers. They're ideal for charity pinups, register fundraisers, purchase-triggered donations and donation boxes. A couple of things to note:

  • Check out the link above on the USO/Kangaroo Express partnership. The USO strategically used special events at key stores to build buzz for the program and to raise money.
  • As many c-stores have gas stations, check out the above link on how BP raised money by selling window clings at the pumps. Brilliant idea! These could be sold at the pump or at the register as a charity pinup for the window of your car!

Company Description

Stripes Stores is a chain of 700+ convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. These locations are former Circle K and Town & Country Food Stores. Other convenience store brands they operate under include IceBox andQuick Stuff. It is one of the largest non-refining operators of convenience stores in the USA.

Many locations offer Sunoco, Chevron, Conoco, Exxon, Phillips 66, Shell, Texaco, Valero, and unbranded gasoline; most locations previously sold gasoline under the CITGO name, when the chain was Circle K. More than 300 locations also feature the proprietary Laredo Taco Company brand of Mexican fast food, or Country Cookin’ branded fast food.

In 2007 the company acquired the Town & Country Food Stores chain and in August 2009, the company acquired 25 Quick Stuff convenience stores in Texas and Louisiana from Jack in the Box Inc.

In 2014, they were acquired by Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of the east coast gas brand Sunoco.

Consumer Profile

Meet Jose

A hard blue-collar worker, Jose is in his 40s, married with young children.  His household income is less than $75K per year, so he is frugal with his spending.  When he does shop, he most likely purchases tools and clothes for his children.  In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and watching sports – especially professional wrestling. 

Consumer Philanthropic Affinities

Charitable Focus & Programs

Stripes Stores is committed to the communities where they live and work.  They invest in the children and youth that live in their communities, which is the center of their pillars of giving.

Stripes Stores has a longstanding tradition of investing in health and education programs that focus on children and youth. They participate with organizations that inspire them, and they are proud to give back in ways that support the communities they love so much.
For over a decade, they've invested more than $15 million in the communities where they operate. 

Notable Nonprofit Partners

Funding & Partnership Guidelines

Stripes LLC shall focus its community giving efforts exclusively on programs designed to enhance the health and education of youth residing in the communities served by the Company. Community Investment applications meeting this definition will be considered for, but not guaranteed, funding. Examples of programs that are included in the Company’s Community Investment focus include: 

  • Programs or activities that explicitly address issues that enhance the health and education of children and teens in communities served by the Company. 
  • Events whose primary focus is specifically related to improving opportunities for healthier and better-educated youth.  
  • Programs that improve access to, and communication of, information related to the healthcare or education of youth; such as referral services and information resources.
  • Programs that directly improve the quality of life of children residing in the Stripes LLC service area through advances in healthcare and education.

Organizations with programs aligned with the aforementioned charitable focus should meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Agencies or organizations must provide a copy of their 501(c)(3) IRS designation or other recognized tax-exempt designation. 
  • Applicants cannot be individuals, labor organizations, or political organizations. 

Additionally, Stripes LLC will not consider the following requests: 

  • Requests to support annual operating expenses will not be considered. 
  • Requests for endorsements, seminars, or reunions, or any travel costs associated with such, for any group or individual will not be considered. 
  • Stripes LLC does not allow third party marketing materials (i.e., flyers, posters, brochures, etc.) to be displayed on its property. 
  • Stripes LLC does not allow use of its property for outside fundraising efforts.

For complete guidelines and charitable request application, click here.

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