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    NOCO Debuts New C-store Franchise

    The first Dino-Mart opens today in Erie County, with a second expected to open in Rochester in a couple of weeks.

    TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- NOCO Energy Corp. is cutting the ribbon on its new convenience store/gas station franchise today. The company is launching the new venture with the opening of the first Dino-Mart on Grand Island in Erie County, New York.

    NOCO spent $2 million to build the new 3,200-square-foot c-store, which will feature a café, Canada-based Coffee Culture and a grab-and-go sandwich shop, Grand Island Eatery. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the store will employ 20 full- and part-time workers, according to a NOCO release.

    Dino-Mart Managing Partner Chuck Rizzo acknowledged the community support behind the store opening.

    "We are excited to bring the first Dino-Mart to Western New York and on Grand Island where we believe the store will fill a need for on the go customers in an area that really does not have quick and easy access to a gasoline convenience store," said Rizzo, who is one of three managing partners of Dino-Mart. "On behalf of my partners in this endeavor we are very grateful for all of the community support we received to build our new store."

    The Dino-Mart store-within-a-store concept will also offer free Wi-Fi and a fireplace in the store's seating area. Outside is a Valero gas station with six fuel pumps and low watt LED lighting.

    "Chuck Rizzo and his partners have been great to work with throughout this project and we are especially pleased that our first Dino-Mart will open in Western New York," said Michael F. Newman, executive vice president, NOCO Energy Corp. "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 model. We plan to open a second Dino-Mart in the Rochester metropolitan region in the next couple of weeks."

    NOCO is a family-owned and -operated energy company which also operates 33 NOCO Express stores in Western New York and Rochester.


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