About Short Stop Food Marts: Family-Owned Since 1971

Short Stop Food Marts was founded in early 1971. Vance B. Neal, who visualized the potential growth of the convenience store industry, became the company’s first president on August 1, 1971. In 2011, Vance Neal fully retired from the company that he helped create. His vision and goals are instilled in his children, Chris and Mary, who now run Short Stop.

Vance Neal’s Bio

Before getting involved with the convenience store business, Mr. Neal received his B.A. in Business and Accounting from Campbell University in 1963. After graduating, he became an auditor with the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Mr. Neal’s background in accounting, his attention to detail, and his insistence on store cleanliness and merchandising have allowed our company to become well-respected in the convenience store industry.

Mr. Neal was the President of the North Carolina Association of Convenience Stores in 1983. In 2005, Short Stop was named Retailer of Year by the North Carolina Association of Convenience Stores.

Chris Neal’s Bio

Chris Neal, Short Stop’s president and CEO, has been with the company 24 years and received his degree in Business Administration from Campbell University in 1989. In 2010, Chris was elected President of the North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Association (NCPCM) and now serves on its Board of Directors.

Mary Neal Morketter’s Bio

Mary Neal Morketter is the company Vice President. After graduating from Fayetteville State University with a degree in Business Administration, she came to work in the family business. She has been with Short Stop 17 years. In 2011, she also served on a committee of the North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers. Both Mary and Chris have been on the board of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Where We’re Going

In 1985, Short Stop purchased 23 NC E-Z Shop stores; in 2004, we purchased 7 Exxon locations in Cumberland County. Today, there are 50+ Short Stop gas stations and convenience stores across Eastern North Carolina. We maintain an employee base of 320 employees at all times.

In recent years, we converted some of our branded gasoline locations to our own Short Stop brand of gasoline and updated our logo to reflect our move toward the future. By the end of 2010, all 53 of our locations were using our in-store scanning and back office software from DataMax. Short Stop has also partnered with Gilbarco to implement Passport POS registers in most of our locations.

How We Give Back

Our company is proud to give back to the community that helps support us. Over the years, we’ve gladly contributed our time and money to the following organizations:

American Red Cross (Charity Golf Tournament)

We have an annual Charity Golf Tournament in March that raises money for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. We have had this tournament for five years, and we have raised more than $100,000 for the local chapter.

Football Jamboree & Local Athletic Programs

In 2003, Short Stop was one of the major sponsors of the Football Jamboree, and we participated with that program for five years. Short Stop has given more than $75,000 to participating schools in order to supplement the athletic budgets they receive every year.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Short Stop has partnered with the MDA for more than six years, and at store level, has raised more than $75,000 for that organization.

Support US Armed Forces

In 2011, Short Stop partnered with Support US Armed Forces. This was our first time partnering with them. Our employees, with the help of our valued customers, raised more than $13,000.

Visit a Short Stop gas station today! We are proud to be Eastern North Carolina’s favorite convenience store, with locations in Fayetteville, Erwin, Hope Mills, Sanford, Spring Lake, Dunn, Lakeview, Selma, Newton Grove, Beulaville, Pink Hill, Benson, West End, Buies Creek, Coats, Dudley, Parkton, Elm City, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Goldsboro, Carthage and Pinehurst.