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Retail GILLIGAN OIL CO. ‘Effective and Efficient’ With a quality team of managers and a state-of-the-art back-office management system, Gilligan Oil Co. is confident of its continued growth throughout Ohio. hen Pat Gilligan graduated from college, he started out in BP’s management trainee program. He spent five years in the company’s retail training program, working in many different functions, and in “total happenstance,” he says, he had the opportunity to take over a couple of stores from BP in Ohio, where he was from. Wanting to stay in the business and not move around, he jumped at this opportunity. Two years later, Gilligan bought a third store, and has continued to grow his business. “Retail was where I was trained and I knew I had the ability to grow and manage a business,” he says. W “The fuel business is such high volume because it is needed by every consumer, and the fuel provided an opportunity to grow the retail side of the business. At this time, however, we are beginning the transition of the fuel business into more of a focus on retail.” Gilligan got started in 1993 and now – as president and CEO of Gilligan Oil Co. – owns and operates approximately 30 convenience stores under the Shell, Exxon and Sunoco banners, and it owns and operates Gills Car Washes. The company’s distribution and transportation division – Gilligan Oil Services – is southwest Ohio’s largest distributor of Shell-branded gasoline. Addi- November/December 2012 retail merchandiser 51

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2012

Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2012
Sports Licensing Show
Wine & Food Festival
Brand Licensing Europe
Category Insight
Cover Story
Affinity Consultants
United States Olympic Committee
Pacific Cycle Inc.
Foot Locker Inc.
Nationwide Vision
Belle Foods
Campioni Enterprises
Gilligan Oil
Hickman’s Iga
Liquor Stores N.A.
Ken’s Superfair Foods and Food Fair
Navy Exchange Service Command
New & Notable

Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2012