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Convenience Store & Petroleum Marketing


Wooden & McLaughlin attorneys regularly represent companies and individuals across the spectrum of the convenience store and petroleum marketing industry: Multinational oil companies, some of the largest convenience store chains in North America, regional and local store owners and operators, jobbers/distributors, insurers, and other ancillary goods and services providers.   Whether we’re delivering business services, assisting with a real estate transaction, or engaged in litigation, our goal remains the same: to help our convenience store and petroleum marketing clients avoid unexpected costs, delays and legal liabilities.

Business and Corporate Services.   Growth by acquisition and consolidation remains robust in the convenience store industry, and Wooden & McLaughlin is well-positioned to assist clients in either a buyer’s or a seller’s role.  Our attorneys have helped structure and document stock and asset sales of all sizes and levels of complexity – from those involving a handful of sites to deals encompassing hundreds of properties and related assets.   In addition, we offer employment and labor law expertise to help convenience store owners and operators minimize the legal risk of being an employer in today’s business climate.   Here are a few of the business and corporate services we routinely perform for Wooden & McLaughlin clients:
  • Preparation and review of documentation for mergers and acquisitions
  • Entity structuring and formation
  • Preparation of employment policies and employee handbooks
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts, including fuel supply and franchise agreements
  • Tax consultation and advice
Real Estate.   Our attorneys have provided legal representation in transactions involving nearly 300 convenience store properties in more than a dozen states in the last decade alone.  From single-site “NTI” deals to multi-state, multiple-site transactions, Wooden & McLaughlin attorneys have the expertise and experience to provide as much or as little help as a particular client may require.   Some of the real estate-related tasks and activities Wooden & McLaughlin attorneys frequently handle for their convenience store and petroleum marketing clients include:
  • Acquisition and disposition
  • Leasing (including sale-leaseback, build-to-suit and reverse build-to-suit transactions)
  • Due diligence
  • Permitting
  • Development (including preparation, assessment and analysis of REA’s, ECR’s, declarations, and development agreements)
  • Zoning
  • Construction contracts
  • Financing
Litigation and Insurance Coverage.   Wooden & McLaughlin’s litigation attorneys are well-versed in the full gamut of disputes and legal actions that can arise in the modern business environment.   Of particular interest to convenience store owners and operators, we are experienced in prosecuting and defending UST-related actions and environmental insurance coverage claims.