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Retail The Linn Companies owns all of its facilities because it maintains very high standards in what it wants at each location. THE LINN COMPANIES Worthwhile Investments The Linn Companies focuses on quality rather than quantity when it invests in new and existing facilities. The diversified company owns and operates various retail brands in Minnesota. L Stephen Linn, CEO Woodbury, Minn. 48 ike most establishments, The Linn Companies started out slow and steady. Standard Oil, now known as BP, handed the keys to one of its stations to its manager, Clarence Linn, in 1964. The trusted former employee became a business owner and, in 1972, Standard Oil offered him ownership of another station. The success of the two Minnesota stations set Linn Companies up for significant growth, and in the ’80s and ’90s the company began diversifying into other channels related to the automotive market. Convenience stores began accompanying the service stations and the company partnered with auto repair and auto parts brands to develop stores in Minnesota. Today, The Linn Companies owns and operates gasoline convenience stores supplied by BP fuel wholesalers and Holiday, convenience September/October 2013 stores, Goodyear Tire and Auto Service Dealerships and NAPA Auto Parts stores. And, as of two-anda-half years ago, it’s also in the coin-operated Laundromat industry, operating under its own trademarked name Tumble Fresh Coin Laundry This newest revenue stream was actually born out of another business division. The Linn Companies owns and manages 26 commercial properties, which host internal and external retailers. In 2008, when commercial retailers took a hit from the economic crash, The Linn Companies found itself with a number of vacancies and needed a way to fill the empty space. In 2009 it opened its first Tumble Fresh Coin Laundry in Fridley, Minn It opened a second in August in Cottage Grove, Minn. Between its gasoline convenience stores, Goodyear Dealerships, NAPA Auto Parts Stores and Laun-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2013

Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2013
BLE 2013
Cyber Defense
Looney Tunes
The Biggest Loser
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
LeBlanc’s Food Stores
Clark Appliance
16 Handles
Cycle Gear
Wedge Community Co-op
All-Rite Construction Inc.
Radio Shack
Terraco Inc.
New & Notable
Focus on Convenience Stores
Bagels or Bookcases
Healthy Food
NACS 2013
Casey’s General Store
Monarch Custom Beverages
Craig Distributing
Nouria Energy
Maritime Farms
Speedy Q Markets
Parker Cos.
Orton Oil
The Linn Cos.
Tiger Fuel Co.
Architec Housewares
State Oil Co.
La Vie en Rose
New & Notable

Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2013