Initially formed in mid-2010, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores was created by the leading consumer-focused private equity firm in North America, Catterton Partners (www.cpequity.com), to acquire convenience stores in the highly fragmented convenience store industry. In June 2010, MACS acquired a majority interest in Uppy's Convenience Stores, Inc., and 170 convenience stores/fuel stations from ExxonMobil. Today, MACS is comprised of approximately 300 company-owned and dealer operated retail locations throughout Maryland and Virginia, along with a wholesale fuel distribution network.
The Uppy's Convenience Store chain, founded in 1995 by Steve and Linda Uphoff as a single retail convenience store, grew extensively under the leadership of the Uphoffs. Uppy's was recognized as one of the Inc. 5,000 fastest growing small private companies. Steve Uphoff’s leadership was instrumental in the deal with Catterton, and he served as CEO of MACS until April 2011. Uphoff continues to serve as an advisor and a member of the MACS board of directors, supporting the current CEO, Dan Pastor.
In April 2011, MACS held the grand opening of its new Business Support Center in Richmond, Virginia. The 22,000 square-foot Business Support Center consolidated four former headquarters locations into a single operations hub for the company. The facility features modern stone and glass architecture accented by vintage gas pumps, a reflection of the company’s strong heritage in the fuel business. In addition, the offices include training facilities, a full food and beverage zone, a test kitchen for development of new food concepts, a technology lab for pre-testing field-service systems, an exercise room and a Tranquility Room designed for staff relaxation and comfort. With the relocation, MACS brought together a diverse operations into a single Business Support Center to gain efficiencies between people and systems. The name of the Business Support Center was chosen to reinforce the company’s key priority of supporting its associates ‘in the field.’