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Enmarket buys Clyde’s

POSTED: December 7, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Enmarket started in 1963 as Interstate Stations and was Enmark until 2015.

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Savannah-based Enmarket Stations has boosted its convenience store reach with a 35-store deal bringing the company total to 90 stores in Georgia and the Carolinas.

Enmarket assumed operations of Glennville-based Clyde’s Markets throughout southeast Georgia Friday. The deal included the purchase of Woodland Oil in Vidalia.
“The addition of Clyde’s team members and locations will greatly enhance our presence in Georgia and will create more density for us in central Georgia,” Brett Giesick of Enmarket said. “The Clyde’s organization and the Woolard family share many of our core values and ethics, as well as a shared passion for taking care of our customers and team members. Strategically, we believe this is a wonderful addition to our portfolio, and are grateful the Woolard family entrusted us with the business they have worked hard to grow over the years.”

Clyde Woolard founded Clyde’s in 1969 when he built his first convenience store on Highway 301 in Glennville. A few years later, he added a second location in Reidsville. It had the only self-service gasoline island in the area, and launched an era in the convenience store industry.
“My dad, Clyde Woolard, started this company in 1969,” Greg Woolard said. “Through his vision, hard work and tutelage, it has grown into what it is today. We are very excited about Enmarket’s investment into our company and we are also very appreciative of our customers for 48 years of patronage. At Clyde’s, we feel that Enmarket will be a great fit for our customers and our community. God has been good to us over these many years, and we are excited to see what he has in store for us in the future. Thanks to all who had a hand it making Clyde’s Market a great company.”

Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group. Previously known as Enmark, it was renamed in 2015. The acquisition of 35 Clyde’s Market stores increases Enmarket’s store count by 60 percent.
Both companies are involved with charitable organizations that give back to their local communities. Combined, Enmarket and Clyde’s have raised more than $200,000 for charity this year.
“This is a very exciting time to be part of the Enmarket team,” said Giesick. “We have a strategic growth plan for both acquisitions and new to industry locations and are actively pursuing both growth vehicles.”
With the addition of Clyde’s, Enmark becomes the 81st largest convenience store operator in the country.

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