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SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Garland Warren, founder of the Central Texas Sac N Pac chain, died earlier this week at age 74, according to a report in the San Marcos Mercury..
According to the chain's Web site, while visiting friends in this city in mid-1960s, Garland and his wife Janelle went to the town's only store at closing time. The manager was setting a mousetrap on the counter and milk the couple bought for their babies was expired. The entrepreneur decided then the growing college town needed a second convenience store.
The Warrens opened a store the following year and began building the chain of 45 stores, 17 of which are in San Marcos. In 1998, the chain was sold to Warren's children, Blair, Blake and Cheryl, according to the chain's Web site. In 2009, Blake Warren stepped down and pursued other avenues; Blair and Cheryl Warren continue to own and operate the family business.
Under the leadership of President and CEO Kevin Brumley, Sac N Pac's slogan is "There's one near you!" The chain prides itself on bringing customers the best possible customer service, clean stores and a wide variety of quality brands. The stores offer Shell, Valero and Exxon fuels, ATMs, gift cards and a wide variety of food, drinks and snacks.
Sac N Pac Stores also owns and operates three Kentucky Fried Chicken and Long John Silver's restaurants. Warren Fuel Co. is a subsidiary of Sac N Pac Stores.
Services will be at 10 a.m. May 10, at the Embassy suites in San Marcos. Internment will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park.