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Retail

LiptonMart
operates 10
locations
in western
Massachusetts
and southwestern
Vermont that offer
fuel and a variety
of convenience
items.

LIPTONMART

Family Ties

LiptonMart's history with the communities it serves
help differentiate it from its competitors. BY JIM HARRIS

T
Mike Lipton, vice
president
www.liptonmart.com
Pittsfield, Mass.

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he Lipton family's close connections to the
communities it serves in western Massachusetts and southwestern Vermont have
made its convenience stores and other businesses go-to destinations.
"We're a fourth-generation business with strong
ties to the area," says Mike Lipton, vice president
of Pittsfield, Mass.-based LiptonMart, the family's
convenience store chain. "We also give a lot back to
the community and people know us for that, which
gives us an advantage over our big-box competitors."
Lipton Energy was founded in 1910 by Mike
Lipton's great-grandfather Samuel Lipton as an iron
works and coal supply company. During the 1940s,

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the company started distributing home heating oil,
and purchased gas stations throughout the 1950s
and 1960s. LiptonMart opened in the early 1980s
when Lipton Energy began converting several of its
gas stations into convenience stores.
Today, LiptonMart operates 10 locations in Berkshire and Franklin counties, Mass., and Windham
County, Vt. The stores offer Mobil and Shell gasoline
as well as diesel fuel. The stores' convenience items include beverages, snacks, lottery games and groceries.
The Lipton family keeps a high profile in the
communities it serves through not only its stores
and home heating oil delivery business, but also its
charitable work. The family and its businesses are
involved in a number of activities including local
schools and arts programs, Mike Lipton notes.

Open Doors
LiptonMart's long history is just one reason the company has remained successful for more than 30 years.
Lipton says his employees' dedication to customer
service is also a major asset. "I'm surrounded by great
people - we have amazing employees," he notes.
Lipton credits his staff 's service level in part to his


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