Friendly Express, Inc. can trace its origins back to Lewis Oil Company (now Lewis and Raulerson, Inc. The first venture into the convenience store business was a small store on the outskirts of Waycross known as Shell Express. Grady Lewis and Bill Raulerson partnered together to purchase the location in 1989. From those humble beginnings, Grady Lewis was able to grow the business into a thirteen store chain by 1996.
The company aquired several other convenience store chains during the 1990s, including Sunrise Foods, the Georgia Lil’ Champ locations, and Friendly Marts. Eventually, Shell Express gave way to Friendly Express, Inc. Today, Friendly operates forty-two locations in southeast Georgia.
The Quality of People
Retailing…The Friendly Way
Friendly Express’s success has been built on the quality of people in the store and the atmosphere we have tried to convey to the customer.
Friendly Express strives to hire the hardest working and honest people who take customer service to the highest level . We care about our employees, and we want our employees to care about our customers.
Your Family Friendly Store
We want you and your family to feel welcome and safe in any of our stores.
This is evidenced by:
We give back to the communities where we live and operate. We prevent the sale of alcohol and tobacco products to minors. We apply a “no pornography” policy.