Handy Mart ownership celebrates 100 years

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Pope Transport says friendly staff ‘are the future of our stores’

ALLIANCE – Founded in 1919, Mount Olive-based Pope Transport started out as a coal and lumber-hauling business that has grown to be one the Southeast’s premier petroleum distributors. In 1975, Pope took the plunge into convenience stores, acquiring Handy Mart, also based in Mount Olive. As part of the company’s Centennial Celebration, senior management visited the Alliance Handy Mart on Wednesday morning to express their appreciation to hard-working staffers.

In the photo, from left, are: Brandi Carawan, employee; Tony Davenport, District Supervisor; Rhianna Banister, Associate Manager; Josh Schroeder, District Supervisor; Kirsten Collins, Store Manager; Marry Hobbs, employee; Corey Robinson, Director of Marketing; Karen Shearhouse, Director of Operation; Dakota Casey, employee; Judson Pope, President; and David Bunch, Chief Operating Officer.