ryan oil sells to quality state

Acquisition marks end of friendly competition.

After 33 years of service, Ryan Oil has decided to sell its five stores in Wisconsin to local competitor, Quality State, which operates the Q-mart chain.

The deal was finalized July 30, and the former Ryan stores are now officially Q-marts, although the signage has yet to change.

“It’s the end of an era, but I think Quality State has a very good name in the community and they’re basically locally-owned,” said Muriel Ryan, who founded the Ryan Oil in 1974 with her late husband, Don.

The deal gives Q-mart 22 locations in several Wisconsin cities, including Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Oostburg, Plymouth, Neenah-Menasha, Fond du Lac and Sturgeon Bay. Terms of the transaction were not released.

Greg Bultman, president of Quality State, told the Sheboygan Press that this deal was a good move for his chain.

“The (Ryan) stores are established, they’re good stores, they have an excellent customer base and they fit right into our market,” said Bultman.

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