You see them at most intersections and along heavy traffic arteries around the city. You patronize them for gas, and you usually go for inside for a beverage or to pick up an item to take home. Some people stop by for a fast food snack, like pizza, biscuits, hot wings or sandwiches, but almost everyone who drives a vehicle uses them for convenience. They are the United Food and Fuel chain of convenience stores and Citgo Gasoline stations.
United Food and Fuel, run by Ben McNeill, is deeply rooted in Montgomery. His family helped settle Montgomery County in 1815.
Jesse McNeill started the family business and young Ben was around the business from the age 12. Ben worked at his father’s business while attending Auburn University Montgomery. Ben became president of Major Oil in 1983 and began expanding the convenience store operations.
Ben’s marketing philosophy is simple…. he embraces change. His approach is to constantly build to what the customer needs rather than the other way around – to find out what the customer wants and make it available. Ben has served his community on boards and as a city councilman, and today supports Montgomery and the River Region in as many ways as he can. He continues to reach out to everyone in the community, offering them part and full time jobs with flexible work schedules.
Growth for United Food and Fuel in the next decade will come by staying on the cutting edge of the industry with a series of new stores and complete remodels of existing stores to serve a growing River Region. We are planning for new store units in four counties and we still have room for growth in Montgomery.
We likely won’t be doing business in the same way as we did yesterday or even today as we introduce the new Citgo Ameristore marketing concept. We’ll have different product offerings and different services, but as long as people need conveniences, United Food and Fuel will be there responding to what the people want.
That’s why we say, “It’s always worth the drive to United Food and Fuel,
Home of the 99 cent Special and Quality Citgo Gasoline.