Matrix Capital Markets Group, an independent investment bank, advised Tidewater Convenience and its affiliates on the sale of the company’s 14 company-operated petroleum marketing and convenience retail stores and one company-owned commission marketer location to Global Partners. The locations are throughout the Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach areas of Virginia.
Tidewater Convenience was incorporated in 1992 by Charles “Chuck” and Carol Weaver when they acquired two Texaco stores in Virginia Beach, VA. The company experienced steady growth through the 1990’s and 2000’s as the business expanded with up to 17 convenience retailing and petroleum marketing locations at one time. Chuck and Carol Weaver have remained hands-on operators throughout their more than 30 years of ownership.
Matrix provided merger and acquisition advisory services to Tidewater, which included valuation advisory, marketing the business through a confidential, structured sale process and negotiation of the transaction. The transaction was managed by Cedric Fortemps, CFA, co-head of Matrix’s downstream energy and convenience retail investment banking group and Martin McElroy Jr., CFA, senior associate.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the people of Hampton Roads by providing motor fuel and other products for the past 30 years,” Chuck Weaver said. “We are very thankful for the many talented people who helped build Tidewater Convenience into what it is today. When Carol and I agreed that it was time to retire, we knew that we could rely on Matrix to find the next steward of our business. We are very satisfied with the result and know that Global Partners will continue our legacy of delivering high-quality service in each of our locations.”
“We’ve greatly enjoyed working with and getting to know the Weavers while advising them on their strategic planning decisions at various times over the last decade,” Fortemps said. “We were honored to have been chosen to advise on the sale of the incredible business Chuck and Carol have built after they told us earlier this year that based on our feedback about market conditions combined with the performance of their business, the timing was right for them to sell. We are extremely happy for them as well as all the Tidewater employees that will be joining the Global Partners team.”
Otto Konrad, Cartwright Reilly, Lauren Pennington and David Allen of Williams Mullen served as legal counsel for Tidewater.