The Times West Virginian


December 15, 2013

Little General Store Inc. builds presence

FAIRMONT — Little General Store Inc. is here to stay in Marion County.

The company recently took over three Wilfong Sunoco stores in the county — in Farmington along U.S. Route 250 North, in White Hall at 2988 White Hall Boulevard, and in the East Fairmont/Winfield area off I-79 — as well as one location in Clarksburg and two in Morgantown.

On Dec. 1, Little General began changing the layouts and adding new signs, and the transition is now complete for all six of the stores, said Brian Waugh, director of retail. Because these modifications were made in the evenings between about 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., the locations were never closed to the public.

Customers will notice familiar faces, as all of the employees and managers continue to work at those sites, he said.

At these stores, the company has added a daily fresh sandwich program, called “On the Go” sandwiches. Also, customers can use their Shop ’n Save Perks Reward Cards at these locations, as well as other Little General stores, to get discounts on fuel.

The sites feature ATM machines, New River Coffee, roller hot dog grills and many varieties of pepperoni rolls. The stores are competitively priced on groceries, too.

In February, Little General acquired three Oliverio Shop-N-Go Sunoco stores — on East Park Avenue in Fairmont, in Barrackville and in Pruntytown. It also built a new South Fairmont location at 2395 White Hall Boulevard, which opened in late June and includes a Steak Escape Sandwich Grill. Any store that Little General builds from the ground up features some type of restaurant.

Following these additions, the company felt that it just made sense to continue building its store base in North Central West Virginia, where the state is growing. With this increased number of locations, customers are getting to know Little General as well as its merchandising and pricing strategies, Waugh said.

He said Little General feels that it can “offer everything to everybody.” The company is always thinking about what customers need and want and considering requests from the public. Waugh thanked the community for its positive response to the Little General operations in the area.

Since February, Little General has taken over or built 10 stores, which all have Sunoco gasoline/diesel, in the area. A year ago, the company didn’t have any locations in Marion County, but now it has six. Previously, Little General’s closest location was in Weston.

The company, based in Beckley, has stores stationed from Morgantown to Princeton. It currently operates 118 locations, including 104 convenient stores and 14 free-standing restaurants.

Waugh said Little General wants to continue to invest in West Virginia. The company is continually looking at opportunities to build stores or take over existing stores, and tries to keep all of its options open.

“We invest in the areas that we have stores in,” he said.

The company makes donations and presents scholarships in the communities that it serves, Waugh said. Little General is a big supporter of both Fairmont State University and West Virginia University. In fact, the company is owned by two WVU graduates, Cory Beasley and Greg Darby.

Email Jessica Borders at or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

Text Only
  • Your chocolate addiction is only going to get more expensive

    For nearly two years, cocoa prices have been on the rise. Finally, that's affecting the price you pay for a bar of chocolate - and there's reason to believe it's only the beginning.

    July 22, 2014

  • Wal-Mart to cut prices more aggressively in back-to-school push

    Wal-Mart Stores plans to cut prices more aggressively during this year's back-to-school season and will add inventory to its online store as the chain battles retailers for student spending.

    July 22, 2014

  • Morgantown’s housing expenses exceed national average

    The housing prices in Morgantown are driving the city’s cost of living above the national average, a new survey reports.
    John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics’ Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), explained that the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) orchestrates data collection in 288 cities across the country.

    July 20, 2014

  • JA Used Furniture-JB.jpg J.A. Used Furniture has valuable variety

    J.A. Used Furniture in Fairmont carries items that people need — all at low prices.
    Owner Ron Dray officially opened the doors of his new business, located at 10 Locust Ave., toward the end of December. He explained that the “J.A.” initials in the store’s name stand for the names of his two granddaughters, Jordan and Adriauna.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Backbone Security, T&T Pump Co. among 37 state companies recognized

    Two Marion County companies were recently celebrated for their continued successes in exporting.
    Backbone Security and T&T Pump Co., both in Fairmont, were among the 37 West Virginia companies that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export Council recently acknowledged for expanding their business to new parts of the world. An awards presentation was held in Charleston on June 24.

    July 13, 2014

  • All Things Herbal-JB.jpg All Things Herbal health and wellness shop

    All Things Herbal Local Market is a one-stop, health and wellness shop.
    Owner Christa Blais officially opened her new business in downtown Fairmont at 327 Adams St., across from Veterans’ Square, on June 6 during Main Street Fairmont’s First Friday event.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3-D printing continuing to revolutionize manufacturing

    As 3-D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing continues to stay at the forefront of this technology.
    RCBI has three Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers, located in Bridgeport, Charleston and Huntington.

    July 6, 2014

  • Blackheart International -JB.jpg Blackheart International bringing high-quality services

    Blackheart International, a firearms manufacturer and provider of logistics and training solutions, is bringing high-quality services to the local community.
    At the beginning of April, the company moved from Philippi, where it had been located since 2005, to its new home in Fairmont.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Americans falling out of love with shopping malls

    Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of "dead malls" produces 5.7 million results; and the desolate interiors of these unused retailing meccas keep making cameos in thrillers and horror films.

    July 3, 2014

  • State unemployment rises, but more actively seeking work

    Although the latest monthly statistics show a higher unemployment rate for the state, the good news is that more people are actively looking for work.
    The Labor Market Information unit of WorkForce West Virginia’s Research, Information and Analysis Division recently published the May 2014 labor force estimates for the state.

    June 29, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Business
House Ads