Noco Energy Corp. is launching a retail gasoline convenience store franchise business across New York State and will cut the ribbon on its first location today.
Noco is kicking off its venture with the opening of its first Dino-Mart on Grand Island at 1441 Ransom Road. The newly built $2 million store will employ 20 people.
The 3,200-square-foot Grand Island convenience store features a cafe, Canada-based Coffee Culture, and a grab-and-go sandwich shop, Grand Island Eatery.
Inside the store is a seating area boasting free Wi-Fi Internet access and a fireplace. Outside is a Valero gas station with six gas pumps and environmentally friendly LED lighting.
"Our goal is to grow the Dino-Mart brand throughout our operating area and then across upstate New York as we continue to expand and enhance our gasoline convenience store mode," Michael F. Newman, executive vice president of Noco, said in a statement.
The company plans to open its second location in the Rochester area within the next couple of weeks.
Dino-Mart Managing Partner Chuck Rizzo said the company put its first location on Grand Island because it saw a need for a store of its kind there.
"[It's] an area that really does not have quick and easy access to a gasoline convenience store," Rizzo said.
Noco Energy Corp. has 33 Noco Express convenience store and gas station locations throughout Western New York. The Tonawanda-based company was established in 1933 by Reginald Newman and is still owned and run by the Newman family today. It opened its first gas station in 1964.