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Commitment to Quality


FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

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Responsible Retailing

Thriftway Super Stops has always been and remains committed to being a responsible retailer in each of the communities we serve. Although the company sells alcohol and tobacco products, store employees are very diligent in making sure none of these products are sold to underage customers.

Store employees are thoroughly trained on checking identification.

Signs are prominently placed in the store informing customers that Thriftway checks IDs.

All tobacco products are kept inside the check stand area. On the sales floor, they are locked up.

Please be patient if you are asked for ID when purchasing alcohol or tobacco products.

Our clerks are being responsible and doing their part to make our communities safer.

Mission Statement

To be a recognized leader within the convenience store industry in the markets we operate in, providing customers with fast and friendly service, quality products, clean and convenient locations.

To maintain a positive and motivated teamwork-oriented atmosphere for all our employees.

Our commitment to these simple statements will ensure the company’s growth as well as your own.

Founders Louie and Phyllis Sutey are
shown with an early Sutey Oil Company
delivery truck, circa 1946.

A Brief History

What is today one of the largest Montana owned and operated convenience store chains in the state had its humble beginnings as a Phillips 66 distributorship in Butte, Montana. Louis Sutey, founder of Thriftway Super Stops began operations with a partner as Woodhull and Sutey in 1945.

The business continued to operate solely as a Phillips 66 distributorship until the early 80’s. By this time, David Sutey, Louis’ son, had been the president and chief operating officer of Sutey Oil Company for many years. In 1981 Sutey Oil purchased the service station of one of our best customers, Thriftway Service at 1420 Park Street in Anaconda. Sutey Oil kept the Thriftway title and added Super Stops to the name. In 1983, Phillips 66 left Montana and we greatly expanded our business with the purchase of four 66 stations that we converted to Conoco branded convenience stores.

This began a series of convenience store purchases and construction that has continued to this day. During the late 80’s and early 90’s Thriftway expanded to seven stores, five in Butte and two in Anaconda. In 1994 the company purchased our first store outside the Butte/Anaconda area when we bought the Conoco store at Four Corners. In 1997 we built a new store with a car wash on Euclid Avenue in Helena and the following year built a totally new store at the Four Corners location. In 1999 the company purchased the Conoco distributorship and convenience stores of Rutledge Distributing of Bozeman. This added two stores in Bozeman and one in Manhattan. In 2003, the company purchased the former Norman’s Corner Conoco store from the Norman family in Three Forks.

In 2011, David Sutey died suddenly of a heart attack. His wife Linda took over the duties of President and son Louie was added as Chief Operating Officer.

Currently, Sutey Oil operates fourteen Thriftway Super Stops in southwest Montana, runs five large fuel transport delivery trucks from Butte and Bozeman.