Oxford area welcomes first CountryMark retail fuel station

Jan 04 2017



Home to the Miami University Redhawks, Oxford, Ohio recently welcomed its first CountryMark fuel station featuring high-quality gasoline and premium diesel fuel at the KDS Express at 4985 College Corner Pike.

“We are the only locally-owned and operated convenience store in the city of Oxford,” said Don Smith, co-owner of the KDS Express with his wife, Kim and Don’s parents, Jim and Ruth. “And we are very proud to be carrying CountryMark’s high-quality gasoline and diesel fuel. We love the brand, we love the premium fuel products and we know our customers will too.”

The KDS Express in Oxford is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Oxford site features a friendly and clean convenience store with hot breakfast and lunch ready-to-go food options.  Specific fuel products offered include CountryMark’s 87 PLUS gasoline, a TOP TIER certified gasoline that includes a 10-percent ethanol blend and Premium Dieselex-4, a diesel fuel with a superior lubricity and detergency package, providing better overall engine performance and maximizing the life of injectors.

The CountryMark fuel at this new retail site is being supplied by Harvest Land Co-op, a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in Richmond, Ind. Harvest Land currently supplies six CountryMark fuel stations in Indiana and two in Ohio.

“This beautiful site located in the heart of Oxford, Ohio opens up a completely new customer base for Harvest Land and CountryMark,” said Mike Bradley, sales and marketing manager for Harvest Land Co-op. “We see a tremendous opportunity for growth in the retail fuel business in Ohio.”

Bradley added that the KDS Express is the only option in Oxford now for premium diesel fuel.

CountryMark supplies fuels and lubricants to member cooperatives throughout the Midwest, which then supply energy products to 100-plus CountryMark branded retail fuel stations and 200-plus delivery routes.

“This station serves as a tremendous billboard for CountryMark’s premium line of fuel and lubricant products in Ohio,” said Gary Barrett, retail manager for CountryMark. “The KDS Express is a very nice store and sits right off of State Road 27, just one mile from the heart of the Miami campus.”

Barrett added that Oxford, Ohio was recently named as the No. 1 best college town in the United States by Forbes magazine.

“CountryMark is proud to be a part of such a thriving community in west-central Ohio,” added Barrett. “We are looking forward to working with the Smith family at the KDS Express to supply the residents and all those who pass through this neat little college town with CountryMark’s premium line of gasoline and diesel fuel.”

CountryMark’s line of premium liquid fuels begins with light, sweet American crude oil. It is refined to the highest specifications at the CountryMark refinery in Mt. Vernon, Ind. Fuel quality and integrity is further protected in distribution, as CountryMark owns its own pipeline distribution system. 

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