Minit Mart stores will change hands


March 4, 2022

Mike Creger

The Minit Mart store in Cloquet's West End is expected to change hands after its parent company was reported to be selling 26 stores in the area to three convenience store operators in the region. Many of the Minit Mart stores in Carlton County were formerly owned by Cloquet-based Best Oil Co. under the Little Stores name.

The Minit Mart convenience stores in Carlton County were expected to come under new ownership by the end of the month. There are seven Minit Mart stores in the county that will fall under KornerStores Inc. of Duluth, Caywood Country Store in Saginaw or Edwards Oil Company Inc., a family-run business in Virginia, Minnesota.

Most of the current Minit Mart stores were, until 2015, under the ownership of Cloquet-based Best Oil Co. It sold 18 Little Store convenience stores to TravelCenters of America.

KornerStores and Edwards were expected to close on a sale by the end of February with EG Ameri...

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