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    The Spinx Co. Makes 40th Anniversary Celebration Plans

    Convenience retailer celebrates 40 years with customer-focused events throughout 2012.

    GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Spinx Co. will mark its 40th anniversary this year with numerous customer-centric events throughout the year.

    The gasoline/convenience store retailer based here was founded in 1972 by current CEO Stewart Spinks, who purchased his first store on the corner of Washington Street and Laurens Road in Greenville. Since then, the retailer has grown to more than 65 locations employing over 700 associates in South and North Carolina.

    "When I started my company with one service station in 1972, I wanted to make life easier for my customers," said Spinks, who was inducted in the Convenience Store News Convenience Hall of Fame in a gala ceremony last November. "I've been very fortunate to be part of such a great community."

    The Spinx Co., whose slogan is "Making Life Easier," plans to hold a 40th Anniversary Celebration event at a local store every 40 days throughout the year where they will give away free gas to 40 customers. The first event kicks off Thursday, February 9th. The secret store location can be determined through a series of clues posted on the Spinx Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/TheSpinxCompany). Customers can 'like' the Spinx Facebook page to receive alerts on the clues.

    Said Spinks, "the secret free gas giveaway lets us say thank you to our customers and have a little fun celebration too."

    In addition to store events throughout the year, The Spinx Co. will be offering $1,000 scholarships to 40 local high school seniors. The online scholarship application will open March 1 and will be available on www.myspinx.com. Applications will be accepted through April 27 with the scholarships being awarded over the summer.

    "It's has always been the Spinx philosophy to support children and education and this scholarship program is a great way to help local students achieve their educational goals," said Spinks.

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