O'Connell Oil sells Convenience Plus sites in Pittsfield, Springfield areas

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PITTSFIELD — A Waltham-based company that owns gas stations and convenience stores across the Northeast has expanded its network into Western Massachusetts, adding 22 retail sites through long-term leases with Pittsfield-based O'Connell Oil Associates.

The 22 outlets, located in both the Pittsfield and Springfield areas, are branded under the "Convenience Plus" banner and market either Mobil or Shell gasoline, according to Global Partners LP.

Global Partners has also entered into fuel-supply only contracts for three other O'Connell Oil locations in Western Massachusetts.

"The addition of these locations complements our strategy to cost-efficiently broaden our retail footprint in attractive markets," said Eric Slifka, the president and CEO of Global Partners, in a statement.

Founded in 1925 and based in Pittsfield, O'Connell Oil Associates also has offices in North Adams and Northampton. It operates 29 Convenience Plus stores, seven gas stations, a wholesale gasoline business, and full-service commercial and residential plumbing, heating and air conditioning departments, according to the company's website.

Global Partners is a Fortune 500 company, a publicly traded limited partnership that either owns or supplies gas stations under a variety of brands including Mobil, Exxon, Shell, Sunoco, CITGO and Global.

The gas stations are operated by Global Partners' Alliance Energy division, which the company purchased in March 2012. At the time of the sale, Alliance Energy operated 540 gasoline stations in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In January 2015, Global Partners added further to its portfolio when the company acquired Xtra Mart convenience store operator Warren Equities Inc. for $387 million.

That transaction added 147 company-operated Xtra Mart convenience stores in New England, New York and Pennsylvania to Global Partners' portfolio, along with related fuel operations, 53 commission agent locations and fuel supply rights for approximately 320 dealers.

Store Changes

The Convenience Plus stores in Western Massachusetts that Global Partners LP has entered into long-term leases with O'Connell Oil Associates:

• Cheshire: 173 North St. (Route 8)

• Great Barrington: 229 Stockbridge Rd. (Route 7)

• Hampden: 42 Somers Rd.

• Lanesborough: 170 North Main St.

• Lee: 241 Main St.; 264 Housatonic St.

• Ludlow: 341 West St.; 227 Center St.

• North Adams: 458 Curran Hwy.

• Northampton: 506 Pleasant St.

• Palmer: 1144 Thorndike St.; 3086 South Main St.

• Pittsfield: 480 West Housatonic St.; 90 Tyler St.; 115 Dalton Ave.; 1025 South St.; 585 Merrill Rd.

• South Hadley: 483 Granby Rd.; 467 Newton St.

• Stockbridge: 11 South St.

• Westfield: 259 North Elm St.

• West Springfield: 2044 Riverdale St.

Editor's note: This article was updated on Friday, April 15, 2016, to include the stores by location.

Contact Tony Dobrowolski at 413-496-6224.


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