Savannah-based Enmarket has purchased 35 Clyde’s Markets — including those in Richmond Hill and Pembroke — that will bring the company total to 90 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
At this time, plans call for Baldinos Subs to remain within the Richmond Hill location.
According to a press release from the company, Enmarket assumed operations of Glennville-based Clyde’s Markets, located throughout southeast Georgia, on Dec. 1. The deal includes the purchase of Woodland Oil in Vidalia.
“The addition of Clyde’s team members and locations will greatly enhance our presence in Georgia and will create more density for us in central Georgia,” said Brett Giesick of Enmarket. “The Clyde’s organization and the Woolard family share many of our core values and ethics, as well as a shared passion for taking care of our customers and team members. Strategically, we believe this is a wonderful addition to our portfolio, and are grateful the Woolard family entrusted us with the business they have worked hard to grow over the years.”
Clyde Woolard founded Clyde’s Market in 1969 when he built his first convenience store on Hwy 301 in Glennville. A few years later, he added a second location in Reidsville, which had the only self-service gasoline island in the area, and launched the beginning of a new era in the convenience store industry.
“My dad, Clyde Woolard, started this company in 1969,” said Greg Woolard. “Through his vision, hard work and tutelage, it has grown into what it is today. We are very excited about Enmarket’s investment into our company and we are also very appreciative of our customers for 48 years of patronage. At Clyde’s, we feel that Enmarket will be a great fit for our customers and our community. God has been good to us over these many years, and we are excited to see what he has in store for us in the future. Thanks to all who had a hand it making Clyde’s Market a great company.”
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Previously known as Enmark, it launched a rebranding initiative in 2015 to better align with its commitment to fresh food and health. The acquisition of 35 Clyde’s Market stores increases Enmarket’s store count by 60 percent.