|Industry||Retail (convenience stores)|
|Founded||Roswell, New Mexico (1956, as "Lonnie's Drive-In Grocery")|
|Headquarters||Clovis, New Mexico, United States|
Allsup's, sometimes misspelled as Allsups, is a privately-owned chain of convenience stores that serves New Mexico and Texas, with one store in Frederick, Oklahoma. It is a 24-hour chain selling fuel under the Shell, Alon, ConocoPhillips, Exxon and "Allsup's On the Go" brands. It also sells traditional convenience store items and prepared food items, including burritos and barbecue beef sandwiches. The company's main competitors are Circle K, 7-Eleven, Stripes and Pik Quick.
History and facts
The original concept was established by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1956, as Lonnie’s Drive-In Grocery. Lonnie, a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the Korean War, expanded into a small chain and sold this to 7-11 in 1963. With the earnings of that sale, the Allsup family relocated to Clovis, New Mexico, and began the Allsup's convenience store chain.
Allsup's is known for being the first company to introduce self-serve gas pumps. It is ranked as New Mexico's #1 privately owned corporation, and is the largest convenience store chain in the state.
In April 2008, a settlement was reached in the wrongful death suit of a clerk who was kidnapped while working the overnight shift in a Hobbs, New Mexico Allsup's store. As a result of the settlement, efforts to protect convenience-store clerks working night shifts have escalated. The New Mexico Environmental Health Board ordered that all stores open between 11 pm and 7 am must station a security guard with any clerks working that shift alone, place clerks in an enclosure behind bulletproof glass, or there must be no fewer than two clerks on duty.
Lonnie Allsup died in January 2018.
- Hyde, Joe (January 29, 2018). "Founder of Allsup's Convenience Stores Dead at 84". San Angelo Live. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
- Allsup's Corporation. "Allsup's Convenience Stores". Archived from the original on 8 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
- The Associated Press (2008-04-08). "Family seeks millions in killing of Allsup's clerk". Retrieved June 27, 2013.
- "Settlement reached in lawsuit over death of Allsup's clerk". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Associated Press. May 8, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
- Associated Press (January 29, 2018). "Lonnie Allsup, Founder of Allsup's Convenience Stores, Dies". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 15 February 2018.