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    Two Appco Stores Re-open

    Welcome back signs encourage residents to come back to the stores.

    ERWIN, Tenn. -- Area residents here can now fuel up and purchase convenience items at the town's two Appalachian Oil Co. (Appco) convenience stores, as refinancing efforts by the company have allowed the stores to re-open, the Erwin Record reported.

    "The stores are back to normal operation and have the typical convenience store items for sale," Appco President Marty Anderson told the newspaper. "We are working on getting the Tennessee Lottery back in operation in our stores and should have this complete soon."

    Both Appco convenience stores began selling gas nearly two weeks ago, after a judge presiding over Appco's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing approved a deal to refinance the company, according to the report.

    The Appco stations ran out of gas at the beginning of the year, and its in-store items were diminished as well. The Blountville-based company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February.

    To bring customers back into the stores, signs outside the stores promote "Fresh coffee, gas, cigs and beer," and are visible from the road.

    "On behalf of our 450 employees I want to thank all of our loyal customers and employees for sticking with us through our recent struggles. We are on our road to recovery," Anderson added.

    However, the Long John Silver’s and A&W quick-serve restaurants, which were part of one Appco store in south Erwin, are still closed, the report stated.

    "We are working on getting the restaurant opened back up, I am not sure how long this will take," Anderson told the paper.

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