The UK fuel and foodservice giant has converted three Tom Thumb stores into its Cumberland Farms format, the first of 100 that will feature a revamped coffee and food offer by the end of 2023
Cumberland Farms has a significant coffee offer in the form of its Farmhouse Blend range | Photo credit: EG Group
EG Group has opened the first three Cumberland Farm stores converted from its Tom Thumb fuel and retail brand in the US. The UK-based fuel and foodservice giant plans to open 50 Cumberland Farms stores in 2022 and a further 50 in 2023.
EG Group first announced the conversion of 113 Tom Thumb stores to its Cumberland Farms brand in February 2022, a $50m initiative it anticipated would take up to two years.
EG Group acquired Cumberland Farms in 2019, which at the time operated 567 convenience stores across seven northeast states and Florida. The retail and fuel operator has a significant coffee offer, with the new stores offering a revamped food and beverage menu, including the brand’s in-house Farmhouse Blend coffee range.
Coffee and foodservice brands are playing an increasingly central role in EG Group’s global business. In September 2022, the forecourt operator said the strong performance of its foodservice brands
in Europe had underpinned second quarter sales growth amid soaring energy costs that had impacted fuel revenues.
The company, which owns UK food-to-go and coffee chain LEON
and bakery Cooplands
alongside operating licensed branches of Starbucks, Cinnabon and Greggs, said that foodservice profits increased 11% to reach $177m during the period.
In April 2022, the operator announced a recruitment drive
to create more than 32,000 jobs around the world to support the expansion of its foodservice brands.
Founded in 2001, EG Group operates a portfolio of more than 6,000 petrol station sites around the world, including 700 in the UK and Ireland. Its US subsidiary, EG America, operates more than 1,700 locations across the country under the Cumberland Farms, Certified Oil, Fastrac, Kwik Shop, Loaf N’ Jug, Minit Mart, Quik Stop, Sprint, Tom Thumb, and Turkey Hill brands.
In the US, EG Group faces competition from French convenience store and fuel giant, Alimentation Couche-Tard, which operates more than 6,300 Circle K stores
with a significant coffee offer across the country.