- Vendor Name: Casey’s General Store
- Headquarters: Ankeny, Iowa
- Year Established: 1968
- Number of Locations: Over 1,600
- Area Served: Midwestern U.S.
In 1959, Donald Lamberti decided to lease a service station from his dad in Des Moines, Iowa and opened up the very first Casey’s General Store. He turned the service station into a general store and operated it for nine years. After that, Lamberti purchased the Square Deal Oil Company in Boone, Iowa at his friend K.C.’s suggestion.
He renamed the company “Casey’s General Store” in honor of K.C. and it became a big success. Lamberti decided to open up several more Casey’s throughout the state. By the late 1970s, there were 118 successful Casey’s and by 1982, the company opened a distribution center.
In 2006, Lamberti’s general store acquired both HandiMart and Gas ‘N Shop. Just four years later in 2010, several companies (including 7-Eleven and Alimentation Couche-Tard) offered to purchase Casey’s, but Lamberti refused to sell the company.
Throughout the next two years, Casey’s expanded to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Today, you can find over 1,600 stores in operation throughout 11 different states. At one point, the company offered a Casey’s gas card through Barclays, but has since discontinued it.