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FORT KENT, Maine -- A four-person corporation has purchased four Irving Oil Corp. Mainway Convenience Stores in Aroostook County in Maine, reported the Bangor Daily News .
The outlets are located in Madawaska, Van Buren, Fort Fairfield and Bridgewater. The deal was sealed Sept. 27, but the price was not disclosed, according to the report.
The acquiring corporation, PPJS LLC will maintain the nearly 40 full-time and part-time jobs at the four locations, the company's general manager Steve Daigle told the Bangor Daily News .
PPJS LLC includes Daigle, Paul Berube of Fort Kent and two unnamed partners. The company name was developed from the first initial of the names of the four partners.
"People won't see many things changing," Daigle told the newspaper. "We will still sell Irving products, but the Mainway name will be removed.
"There will be improvements at some of the locations, but we don't yet know what those will be," he said. "We are still working on and accepting a new marketing name, a street name, for the locations."
The sale or lease of Irving-owned convenience stores in Aroostook County had been talked about for much of the last year. The sale or lease of the sites would not be confirmed by company officials last November, the Bangor Daily News reported.
It was previously reported that managers of the sites would be offered leases, and the leases would be offered generally if they refused. Daigle, however, told the Bangor Daily News Tuesday that his company purchased the four locations outright.
The familiar red, white and blue establishments will remain as they are, for the most part. Daigle said some changes could be made to increase street appeal of the sites.
"This will be good for everyone concerned, including customers and employees," he said.
"We hope to keep all the same staffs that were at the locations before the sale," he told the Bangor Daily News . "We will have the same services and offerings."