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Jordan Oil Company is a family-owned and operated business headquartered in Spartanburg, SC. We currently operate more than 40 Hot Spot gas station & convenience stores, 2 Hardees’s, and 7 Subway locations in North Carolina and South Carolina. The oil company grew out of a small country store in Franklin, North Carolina. Jordan’s Self Serve was the first gasoline station in the area to offer high quality, unbranded gasoline. The year was 1950, but the story really begins just after World War II, when our founder, R.L. Jordan, was 17-years old.

After joining the Army in hopes of eventually getting a college education, R.L. Jordan was sent to Tokyo. At that time, the U.S. Army had taken control of all the hotels in Tokyo, and Mr. Jordan was put in charge of the accounting systems of several large and prestigious hotels. Taking charge of the money that flowed through these hotels was a big responsibility. Mr. Jordan spent many nights counting the money so it would balance to the penny. His experiences in Japan influenced the rest of his life and indirectly helped him start Jordan Oil Company.

While serving in the Army overseas, he regularly sent money home to his mother for living expenses. To his surprise, when he returned to the States he learned she had saved every penny he had sent. She returned the money to him, and with this, he was able to make his first start in business.

Mr. Jordan’s success in the gasoline/convenience store business was due to his ingenuity and foresight. Many, people have tried to break into the gasoline business but failed as larger oil companies prevailed. Knowing this, Mr. Jordan strategically located his stores and strived to offer something different and better to his customers. In an attempt to offer low prices, he gambled on the concept of self-service gasoline before anyone in the area ever heard about it. He was the first to introduce self- serve gasoline in Georgia and in many parts of North and South Carolina. Eventually it paid off, and Mr. Jordan became known as a pioneer in self-service gasoline in the southeast.

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