Raley’s Supermarkets announced Wednesday that it would be selling is gas stations branded under Aisle 1 to the Southern Californian fuel company Anabi Oil, which is set to take over operations early next year.
The supermarket chain’s 13 gas stations, which are located across Northern California and Nevada with several in the Sacramento area, will remain under the name Aisle 1, according to a news release issued by the company.
In a prepared statement, Raley’s president and CEO Keith Knopf said the deal was part of the company’s long-term strategic plan and would allow it to focus on its primary grocery business.
“As we continue to move our vision around health and wellness forward, we are focused on our core business of offering healthy food at affordable prices,” Knopf said.
Raley’s spokeswoman Chelsea Minor said customers will continue to receive discounts and rewards at the gas stations.
Anabi Oil is a fuel seller and distributor that is contracted with Shell and provides services across much of the state. It owns over 295 locations and delivers fuel to another 160 gas stations, according to the release.
The sale is expected to close by late December, according to Raley’s chief financial officer Ken Mueller.
The two companies are still working to provide the 80 employees of Aisle 1 options for continued employment, according to the release.