Marathon Brand Appears in Mississippi, Increases Tennessee Presence
The jobbers who came from BP not only gave the Marathon brand significantly increased presence in Tennessee, but also the brand’s first locations in the state of Mississippi. Dickerson Petroleum Company, Prince Oil Company, Highland Oil Company, Graves Oil Company and Cox Oil Company… these are a few of the names that have put the Marathon brand solidly on the South Central map.
Several Dickerson sites such as this one in Pickens, Miss., showcase a top-of-the-line image, helping make Marathon the new go-to choice in Mississippi. The Kosciusko station is a crown jewel located just steps from Dickerson headquarters, and the Pickens site is found at a prime interstate location off of I-55.
Jobber Fred Graves has made Marathon stations impossible to avoid in Memphis, Tenn., and the surrounding area, bringing numerous sites to the Marathon brand. The setting sun makes a spectacular statement at Pithis site in Batesville, Tenn., a crossroads on the way to Ole Miss. Meanwhile, a Graves store on Poplar Avenue in Memphis is a destination for area sushi lovers, with patrons lining up out the door for fresh sushi in this high-income area.
Cox Oil led the way in northwest Tennessee, putting the Marathon brand on the map in completely new areas. Cox’s Little General/Marathon stores cater to small-town, rural markets, featuring great sites such as these in Union City and Trenton, Tenn.
In central Tennessee, new Marathons with Highland Oil include a new Fast Stop Market Oil in Joelton, Tenn., filling a void on I-24 between Nashville and Clarksville. Another location in Columbia, Tenn., put the Marathon Brand on the map on I-65 south of Nashville. Highland is well known for sponsoring charities in each town where they operate through an annual charity golf tournament.
Prince Oil helped transform Marathon’s presence on the Gulf Coast overnight with clean, friendly stores such as those in Biloxi and Gautier, Miss. The popular tourist destinations cater to Southern favorites such as po-boy sandwiches at the Gautier location and an old fashioned ice cream parlor coupled with true Southern charm in Biloxi. Eric Prince, president, is a past-president of the Mississippi Petroleum Marketer’s Convenience Store Association.