HOUSTON, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) announced today that it has acquired eight Pico convenience stores in South Central Texas.
The stores will be leased to and operated by Stripes LLC, a Texas-based retail chain owned by Sunoco LP's parent, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP). Stripes will purchase all fuel sold at the locations from Sunoco LP and has indicated it plans to rebrand the Pico stores to the Stripes® convenience store banner.
The stores are located in the San Antonio area and within smaller communities primarily to the west of San Antonio. All of the locations currently include food service, and most of the sites have the potential to house Stripes' proprietary restaurant, Laredo Taco Company®, when converted to Stripes-branded locations.
"This in-market transaction complements Stripes' ongoing expansion program in attractive growth markets," said Robert W. Owens, Sunoco LP President and Chief Executive Officer.
Stripes is currently Sunoco LP's largest single motor fuel customer, purchasing more than 1 billion gallons per year. With the addition of the Pico stores, Stripes now operates 673 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma
Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership (MLP) that primarily distributes motor fuel to convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors. SUN also operates more than 150 convenience stores and retail fuel sites. SUN conducts its business through wholly owned subsidiaries, as well as through its 31.58 percent interest in Sunoco, LLC, in partnership with an affiliate of its parent company, Energy Transfer Partners. While primarily engaged in natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil and refined products transportation, ETP also operates a retail and fuel distribution business through its interest in Sunoco, LLC, as well as wholly owned subsidiaries, Sunoco, Inc. and Stripes LLC that operate approximately 1,100 convenience stores and retail fuel sites. For more information, visit the Sunoco LP website at www.SunocoLP.com.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" which may describe Sunoco LP's ("SUN") objectives, expected results of operations, targets, plans, strategies, costs, anticipated capital expenditures, potential acquisitions, new store openings and/or new dealer locations, management's expectations, beliefs or goals regarding proposed transactions between ETP and SUN, the expected timing of those transactions and the future financial and/or operating impact of those transactions, including the anticipated integration process and any related benefits, opportunities or synergies. These statements are based on current plans, expectations and projections and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to vary materially, including but not limited to: execution, integration, environmental and other risks related to acquisitions (including the Sunoco, LLC drop-down, and future drop-downs) and our overall acquisition strategy; competitive pressures from convenience stores, gasoline stations, other non-traditional retailers and other wholesale fuel distributors located in SUN's and Sunoco, LLC's markets; dangers inherent in storing and transporting motor fuel; SUN's or Sunoco, LLC's ability to renew or renegotiate long-term distribution contracts with customers; changes in the price of and demand for motor fuel; changing consumer preferences for alternative fuel sources or improvement in fuel efficiency; competition in the wholesale motor fuel distribution industry; seasonal trends; severe or unfavorable weather conditions; increased costs; environmental laws and regulations; dangers inherent in the storage of motor fuel; reliance on suppliers to provide trade credit terms to adequately fund ongoing operations; acts of war and terrorism; dependence on information technology systems; SUN's and ETP's ability to consummate any proposed transactions, or to satisfy the conditions precedent to the consummation of such transactions; successful development and execution of integration plans; ability to realize anticipated synergies or cost-savings and the potential impact of the transactions on employee, supplier, customer and competitor relationships; and other unforeseen factors. For a full discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, refer to the "Risk Factors" section of SUN's and ETP's most recently filed annual reports on Form 10-K. These forward-looking statements are based on and include our estimates as of the date hereof. Subsequent events and market developments could cause our estimates to change. While we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if new information becomes available, except as may be required by applicable law.
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