Show your support for the Mountain State in the most important way: spending your money at West Virginia-based businesses! Here are 7 chains you may or may not have heard of.
1. Gabriel Brothers
Forget all those other discount clothes stores. Gabe’s is where it’s at. The chain was founded in 1961 and now has 63 Gabe’s stores across 10 states.
Go-Mart opened the first self-serve gas station in the state in Shinston in 1970. Now headquartered in Gassaway, the company has 100 stores and is the state’s 41st-largest employer. Go for good times, friend.
3. Fruth’s Pharmacy
Jack E. Fruth founded this chain of pharmacies in Point Pleasant in 1954. Today there are 25 stores in West Virginia and Ohio.
4. Big Sandy Superstore
Technically Big Sandy Superstore isn’t based in West Virginia but in Wheelersburg, Ohio, just down the river from Huntington. But the company employees some 600 people in the tri-state area and bought the naming rights for theHuntington Civic Arena in 2000.
5. Gino’s Pizza
This Nitro-based company has over 40 locations and (as you probably know) shares many locations with the next chain…
6. Tudor Biscuit World
Start your day the homemade way with this chain also based in Nitro. A must for every visitor to West Virginia to get the true local experience!
7. Marquee Cinemas
This chain founded in Rainelle in 1979 is now headquartered in Beckley. They’ve got 20 theaters in 10 different states.