With humble beginnings and hard work, Johnson Oil Company and Bigfoot Food Stores grew to become one of the Midwest’s largest convenience store chains.

In 1957, with a small loan from their local bank and an insatiable appetite for success, Dick and Ruth Johnson saw a business opportunity and pursued it. Johnson Oil Company began as a small distributorship of Shell Oil petroleum products, delivering fuel oils, gasoline, and lubricants in the Columbus, Indiana area. Rick Johnson joined the company in 1981 after graduating from Indiana University with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship. In the 1980’s, many service stations converted to convenience stores selling gasoline. At the forefront of this movement, the Bigfoot Food Store chain was developed and became one of the largest privately owned convenience store/gasoline chains in the U.S. with over 225 Bigfoot convenience stores selling Shell, Amoco, and private-brand gasoline products. In 2001, after having built a solid management team, one of the best profitability track records in the U.S. convenience retailing industry, and a strong growth potential in a booming and highly fragmented market, the Johnson family sold the Bigfoot chain of convenience stores to the international convenience retailer Couche-Tard.

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