Even after its 2012 acquisition by Global Partners, gas and convenience store retailer Alliance Energy still maintains the legacy set by its founding father Abraham Slifka. Slifka founded the company as a one-truck retail kerosene business in eastern Massachusetts. In the 1960s and 1970s, a second generation of Slifkas, Alfred and Richard, grew the business into one of New England’s largest retailers of heating oil and gasoline. In 1996, the company began acquiring retail gasoline stations and convenience stores, leaving the third generation a healthy foundation to help expand Alliance into one of the largest fuel distributors in the Northeast.
Alliance Energy’s strong Northeast reputation caught the attention of Global Partners LP. In March, Global Partners completed the acquisition of Alliance Energy. Together, Alliance and Global have a portfolio reaching approximately 800 gas stations in nine Northeastern states, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
In addition to its network of company-owned and operated gasoline stations and convenience stores, Alliance Energy also acts as a gasoline distributor to leased and independently owned stations. Alliance Energy also offers consultation for gasoline and convenience store construction, environmental remediation and convenience store marketing.
“We have extensive experience managing all aspects of gas stations/convenience stores for medium to large distributors,” the company says.
Currently, Alliance Energy is focused on building its Alltown brand, which is one of its three convenience store brands.
“Alltown is more than a convenience store,” the company says. “It’s a brand-new gas and retail store concept that is based on our customer-centric philosophy. Whether you’re a mom on-the-go, craving an after-school pick-me-up or preparing for a cross-country fuel-up, shopping at Alltown is easy, accessible and above all convenient.”
Operating by the philosophy of “commitment, convenience and community,” Alltown seeks to be an integrated part of its neighborhoods.
“Our unique, customer-centric philosophy is what sets us apart from other convenience store retailers,” the company says. “As part of your town, we have a vested interest in your community. Our hyper-local approach goes a step beyond servicing your day-to-day needs as evidenced by our support of local charities and events, unique product offerings like our Alltown Health section and the MyAlltown Rewards program.”
Last year, Alltown teamed up with its convenience store sister companies, Fast Freddie’s and Mr. Mike’s, to raise $71,349 for Boston Children’s Hospital. The 100 combined stores were able to raise the money thanks to the generosity of store patrons who donated $1 at checkout.
“The success of Alltown’s inaugural Boston Children’s Hospital campaign exemplifies the spirit of giving among our customers and the outstanding effort by our cashiers in requesting donations,” states Global Executive Vice President Andrew Slifka, who presented a check to Michael Bornhorst, director of corporate initiatives at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust during a May 23 ceremony. “Global and Alltown are honored to play a role in contributing to Boston Children’s Hospital, a pediatric hospital whose extraordinary research and exceptional care have transformed the lives of children around the world.”