Anyone trying to buy gas or coffee at an Acorn Market in Tioga or Potter counties this week was met with inoperable pumps and locked doors.
“We didn’t know it was for sure going through until this past weekend,” said an associate who answered the phone at the location on East Avenue, Wellsboro.
As of Wednesday morning, all Acorn locations in both counties were closed for gas and market purchases while employees made the switch to Kwik Fill, which purchased the locations. When called, employees at many of the stores said they had closed late Tuesday.
“We’re switching over right now,” said an employee at the Elkland location. “We’re not sure when we’ll be open. We don’t know about deliveries right now either.”
Employees at both the Blossburg and Shinglehouse locations said they hoped to be open by Thursday.
Karen Stillerman, manager of Stokesdale Acorn on Route 6 outside Wellsboro, said she and her team are happy about the switch. “We’re very excited. This will be a welcoming change.”
Kwik Fill, a division of United Refining Company, is headquartered in Warren. It already operates locations in Mansfield, Blossburg, Coudersport, Port Allegany and several locations just across the border of both counties in New York.
A representative at the main Kwik Fill office told this newspaper they were preparing a public statement for release Wednesday. No one was available at the Putnam Company headquarters in Wellsboro, which operates Acorn Markets.
Former Acorn locations now switching to Kwik Fill in Tioga County are in Blossburg, Elkland, Westfield, Tioga and three in Wellsboro. Potter County locations are in Galeton, Genesee and Shinglehouse.