The Kent Companies Expands into The Carolinas

Kent Kwik convenience stores, an entity of The Kent Companies, has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Bountyland Petroleum and Bountyland Food Service, based out of Seneca, S.C.

The acquisition will include 11 company-operated Exxon-branded Bountyland stores, branded and unbranded dealer wholesale supply accounts, and a transportation company. The acquisition will increase The Kent Cos.’ portfolio to 72 company-owned and operated convenience stores throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and now the Carolinas.

“Bountyland has a long history serving the North and South Carolina market, with a strong reputation of taking care of their employees and dedication to their customers. We are honored to continue their legacy of serving this market and giving back to the community. Bountyland is a great convenience store chain that shares similar values and commitment. We are excited to welcome the Bountyland Team into our family.” said Bill Kent, owner and chairman of the Kent Companies.

The locations will continue to remain branded Bountyland Quick Stop with ExxonMobil fuels. “We expect that customers will continue to receive the same great service by the same great employees. We are thrilled that the leadership and team will continue operating the stores as normal.” said Kent.

“The Bountyland Quick Stop name has been well recognized in Oconee County.” said David Land, owner and CEO of Bountyland.  “We have delivered great customer service, convenient locations and great coffee for more than 50 years.  Our owners, management and employees are why we have been so successful and able to create an environment of friendly service to what we like to refer to as ‘Home of The World’s Greatest Customer.’  We chose the Kent Companies to carry forward the same values and service as we have strived to provide.  The investment bank Trefethen Advisors, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, provided advisory services to us. Rob Valentine, Managing Director of Trefethen Advisors, managed the transaction.

“We look forward to introducing our customers to The Kent Companies as ownership changes over the next few weeks.  We thank you for the years of friendship, and loyalty. Please welcome the Kent Companies to the Carolinas!”

Founded In West Texas by the late Buck Kent in 1957, The Kent Cos. began as Kent Oil and Kent Distributors and still remains a family-owned business today. The Kent Companies are comprised of multiple entities, including Kent Kwik Convenience Stores, Mr. Payroll Check Cashing, Rustic Café, Huddle House, Baskin Robbins, Kent Car Wash, Kent Lubrication Centers and Kent Tire Company.

Free Coffee for National Coffee Day

Kent Kwik will be sharing free coffee with guests for National Coffee Day on Wednesday, Sept. 29th, 2021. For the entire day, guests can stop in any Kent Kwik location and receive a free small cup or refill cup of coffee, hot or iced. Kent Kwik is known for their Kwik Start coffee brand and signature Texas Pecan roast. A full list of locations can be found here.

New Kent Car Wash Now Open

Midland, TX, now has a new Kent Car Wash. This car wash is located next to the Kent Kwik Convenience Store on the corner of Holliday Hill Rd. and Briarwood Ave.

A two-bay carwash open 24/7, there are also manned hours during Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm, and Sunday, 12pm – 6pm. During the manned hours guests will receive the Kent Car Wash signature pre-wash and courtesy dry. Other features at this locations are tire shine, vacuum stations and room for dually trucks.

This is the second manned Kent Car Wash in Midland. If you’re interested in starting a career with Kent Car Wash or The Kent Companies visit, https://thekentcompanies.com/employment.php

The Kent Companies Give $14,000 in College Scholarships to Team Members

On Thursday, Aug. 19th, The Kent Companies hosted its second Team Member Scholarship day where Owner and CEO, Bill Kent, gave out $14,000 in college scholarships to Team Members across all entities of the company. Recipients of the scholarships were Team Members who are currently students and newly hired to Baskin Robbins, Huddle House, Rustic Cafe, Kent Car Wash and Kent Kwik Convenience Stores. To receive the scholarship, the students had to work full-time from June to August.

Team Members and their families gathered at the corporate office of The Kent Companies where they were welcomed with balloon towers, finger food and a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake. Before the handing out of the checks, Bill Kent, Owner, and Todd Watkins, President, spoke to the students and their families about the importance of education and the pride The Kent Companies takes in being able to help students. The students were then called up to receive their $1,000 checks and get their pictures taken.

The 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Braleigh Blanchette
Cameron Curry
Claire Endy
Hadley Hough
Lydia Lee

Brelyn Carrillo
Shubhi Dhamija
Cadence Gee
Amber Kelly
Felicity Vicars

Jessica Colwell
Gold Egot
Jordan Granado
Hannah Lee

This is the second year this event has been hosted, the first being in 2019, and the hope is to continue this program for many summers to come. In addition to this program, The Kent Companies also offers tuition reimbursement to all team members enrolled in college classes. To learn more about this and other benefits visit, https://thekentcompanies.com/employment.php.

Thank you to the Odessa American for attending our event. Read their article here: https://www.oaoa.com/local-news/kent-companies-awards-students-scholarships/

Application Process for The West Texas Strong Memorial Scholarship Program is Now Open

The application process for our West Texas Strong Memorial Scholarship is now open! Three students will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship for the upcoming school year. This scholarship is open to all Midland and Odessa residents enrolled full-time at a two- or four-year university or vocational school. The Kent Companies have established a scholarship program to assist residents of Midland or Odessa Texas who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

Founded locally by the late Buck Kent in 1957, The Kent Companies began as Kent Oil and Kent Distributors and still remains a family-owned business. The Kent Companies is comprised of multiple entities including 58 Kent Kwik Convenience Stores; 15 Mr. Payroll Check Cashing locations; 3 Rustic Cafés; 5 Huddle House Restaurants; 3 Baskin Robbins; 7 Kent Car Washes and 2 Kent Tire Stores. The Kent Companies continues to expand their business both locally and out of state. The company continues to win “Best of” in each of the markets they serve.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.