Welcome to Clipper Petroleum

Based in Flowery Branch, Georgia, Clipper Petroleum has been a Petroleum Marketer for 85 years operating as a convenience store retailer, fast food retailer, and wholesale fuel distributor.

Clipper operates 28 convenience stores and 7 restaurants in Georgia and South Carolina under the CLIPPER, On the Run, Circle M, Subway, and Bojangles' brands. Clipper also distributes fuel to independent dealers under the major oil brands of BP, Exxon, Mobil, Shell, Chevron, Texaco, and CITGO in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

At Clipper we strive for a "Commitment to Excellence" so that we ultimately satisfy the one person who can ensure our continued success, Our Customer!

TAKE A QUICK TOUR THROUGH OUR HISTORY

Year founded as W.F. Homeyer Oil Company by Mr. Homeyer.

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Mr. Homeyer took an around the world trip on the famed Pan Am Clipper airplane. He was so impressed by the famous airplane and the service he received that, on December 30, 1957 he renamed the company Clipper Petroleum.

On May 1, 1974 Tom Bower and Robert Braff purchased Clipper Petroleum. Both men had previously been employed with Amoco Oil Company. When Tom and Bob took over Clipper, it was selling 300,000 gallons per month.

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Tom Bower III joined Clipper Petroleum.

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Clipper opened their first retail convenience store. The first store was in Gainesville, Georgia off Green Street Circle. The original store was called Circle Amoco because of the street name, Green Street Circle. In the late 70’s, the store became Circle Mart. And, in the 80’s the “art” in Mart was dropped to form the name of Circle M.

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The first Circle M store was built from the ground up in Cumming, GA. 

Tom Bower Sr. and Tom Bower III bought out Mr. Braff’s holdings. 

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Explorers Transport was founded. Explorers started with 4 trucks and drivers. 

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Clipper became an ExxonMobil distributor. 

Steve Hall joined Clipper as General Manager 

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Clipper purchased 16 ExxonMobil locations.

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The first Subway location owned/operated by Clipper was opened in Lula, Georgia in June 2003 with the convenience store.

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The new Clipper Petroleum Corporate office was built in Oakwood, Georgia (previously had been in Gainesville, Georgia). 

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Clipper purchased 18 convenience stores from BP.

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The Clipper Petroleum Foundation charity was founded.

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Clipper worked with Paragon Solutions to rebrand the C-store image from On The Run, Circle M, and Clipper Express to “CLIPPER”. 

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One of the stores was remodeled to the new “Clipper” image. 

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Clipper built the first ground-up Clipper store.

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Clipper opened their first owned/operated Bojangles’ in Cleveland, Georgia

A new Maintenance warehouse, training facility, gym was built beside the corporate office in Oakwood, Georgia

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Today, Clipper operates 28 C-stores and 7 restaurants in Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, and South Carolina. In addition, Clipper wholesale handles sales to over 220 dealer accounts in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Clipper is recognized as one of the largest petroleum distributors in the Southeast. 

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1933

Year founded as W.F. Homeyer Oil Company by Mr. Homeyer.

1957

Mr. Homeyer took an around the world trip on the famed Pan Am Clipper airplane. He was so impressed by the famous airplane and the service he received that, on December 30, 1957 he renamed the company Clipper Petroleum.

1974

On May 1, 1974 Tom Bower and Robert Braff purchased Clipper Petroleum. Both men had previously been employed with Amoco Oil Company. When Tom and Bob took over Clipper, it was selling 300,000 gallons per month.

1977

Tom Bower III joined Clipper Petroleum.

1977

Clipper opened their first retail convenience store. The first store was in Gainesville, Georgia off Green Street Circle. The original store was called Circle Amoco because of the street name, Green Street Circle. In the late 70’s, the store became Circle Mart. And, in the 80’s the “art” in Mart was dropped to form the name of Circle M.

1981

The first Circle M store was built from the ground up in Cumming, GA. 

1994

Tom Bower Sr. and Tom Bower III bought out Mr. Braff’s holdings. 

1997

Explorers Transport was founded. Explorers started with 4 trucks and drivers. 

2000

Clipper became an ExxonMobil distributor. 

2001

Steve Hall joined Clipper as General Manager 

2002

Clipper purchased 16 ExxonMobil locations.

2003

The first Subway location owned/operated by Clipper was opened in Lula, Georgia in June 2003 with the convenience store.

2007

The new Clipper Petroleum Corporate office was built in Oakwood, Georgia (previously had been in Gainesville, Georgia). 

2009

Clipper purchased 18 convenience stores from BP.

2013

The Clipper Petroleum Foundation charity was founded.

2015

Clipper worked with Paragon Solutions to rebrand the C-store image from On The Run, Circle M, and Clipper Express to “CLIPPER”. 

2015

One of the stores was remodeled to the new “Clipper” image. 

2017

Clipper built the first ground-up Clipper store.

2017

Clipper opened their first owned/operated Bojangles’ in Cleveland, Georgia

2017

A new Maintenance warehouse, training facility, gym was built beside the corporate office in Oakwood, Georgia

TODAY

Today, Clipper operates 28 C-stores and 7 restaurants in Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, and South Carolina. In addition, Clipper wholesale handles sales to over 220 dealer accounts in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Clipper is recognized as one of the largest petroleum distributors in the Southeast. 

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Clipper Petroleum would not be the success it is today without the support it has received from our customers. We feel it is very important to give back to communities that have supported our businesses.

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