South Pacific Petroleum Corporation
Although South Pacific Petroleum Corporation has a smaller footprint than other petroleum companies on Guam, it maintains its leadership within the industry with its emphasis on service, options, rewards, and superior food and beverage offerings.
SPPC purchased the assets of Exxon Guam in December 2000 and operates 10 service stations under the licensed name 76, and 12 Circle K convenience stores. SPPC is a licensee of the 76 fuel and lube brands, which are owned by ConocoPhillips Corp., and it is the franchisee of the Circle K brand, which is owned by Alimentation Couche-Tard. The company also owns SPGas, the island’s largest supplier of LP gas.
SPPC is a local business, and its management has made a commitment to grow as a community-oriented company, reinvesting its profits back into the community. The majority of its board members reside on Guam, and the company currently employs more than 140 local employees.
SPPC sponsors a number of community outreach activities, notably the Holiday Helping Hands project, says Business Development Manager Mark Sablan. From November through January, the company sets up donation boxes at each service station and then distributes the collected items to Catholic Social Services, Kamalen Karidat and the Alee Shelter.
Each year, SPPC divides the proceeds from its annual 76 Charity Golf Tournament tournament among three local nonprofit organizations; the most recent beneficiaries were the Lighthouse Recovery Center, Hurao’ Inc. and Kusinan Karidat. SPPC is also active in Guam Business Partners for Recycling (i-recycle), the Bookmobile Foundation of Guam, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.
Providing quality service is one of SPPC’s top priorities, says Jo Ann Mafnas, category/brand manager. The company offers numerous lube/service stations via RPM outsourcing and a complimentary pit crew car-to-store service at select locations. Its Power Wash car wash features FoamBrite, a state-of-the-art cleaning system that is gentler on automotive finishes than harsh brush washes.
Options are another SPPC hallmark. Its service stations provide three grades of gasoline – regular, premium and mid-grade – and true pay-at-the-pump service. In addition to prepaid fuel cards, the Union 76 Gasoline Consumer Credit Card and VIP Fleet Cards for commercial clients, SPPC offers gift cards for retailers like K-Mart, Foot Locker, Blockbuster and Home Depot at its Circle K locations.
Customers can find 76 service stations islandwide, and can now purchase snacks and sundries from two new Circle K stores in Tumon. Circle K stores offer top-quality food and beverages, including Nathan’s Hot Dogs, White Castle Burgers and local soups, sandwiches, rice and salad dishes. Circle K also has the “best coffee in town” and the “coldest beers going,” says Mafnas.
Through SPPC’s industry-leading Power Pass loyalty program, customers receive credits on both Circle K store and gasoline purchases. Customers can then redeem points for free gas, food, airline miles and just about anything else.
SPPC anticipates meeting the needs of the military buildup by providing commercial bulk fuels, liquefied petroleum gas and 76 lubricants at competitive prices. As the economy worsens and the search for alternative energy sources continues, SPPC maintains its commitment to keep fuel prices low. “Given the unpredictability of the price per barrel and the current economy, I expect the energy industry to continue its efforts to keep gas prices affordable,” says Sablan. “We all know how high fuel prices can affect all industries, which then affect the end users.”
SPPC plans to continue growing as a community-oriented company. “We believe that the general health of our company is directly tied to the well-being of our community,” the company says on its Web site. “Constrained only by the limits of our available resources, South Pacific Petroleum Corp. will always strive to be a good neighbor. We depend on our community for our success. Our community can depend on us.”
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