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Dandy Mini Marts' Field of Gas Dreams

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013

With Shale gas booming, retailer becomes first in No. Pa. to enter CNG business

TOWANDA, Pa.  In the backyard of the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation, another petroleum retailer is entering the natural gas business.

This Friday, Dandy Mini Marts is debuting its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling location in a grand opening at its Towanda, Pa., c-store, with local dignitaries and industry representatives in attendance.

The site – said to be the first public CNG fueling site in Northern Pennsylvania – has been open for the past month with a second site under construction in Sayre, Pa., due to open around the beginning of March, and third location slated for Elmira, N.Y.

As Randy Williams, owner of Dandy Mini Marts, a chain of 70 stores in New York and Pennsylvania, explained in an exclusive interview with CSP Daily News, the decision to get into CNG was a gut call rooted in the desire to be all things to all customers.

"When you offer different things, whether it is fuel or items in your store, you try to appeal to a broader base of customers," said Williams. "If you don't have it, maybe you're left out."

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Source:  CSP Daily News

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