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Williams died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Winston-Salem, family members said. Sign up for our daily morning newsletter. Tags Williams Company A. Taylor Oil Co. John Hinton Follow John Hinton. Follow John Hinton. Close Get email notifications on John Hinton daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. With no formal business training and a degree in agriculture from N. State University, the then year-old Williams plunged into the new business and bought six full service stations.
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In the late s and early s, AT Williams enhanced his stations to include a new concept cropping up across the country -- self-serve gasoline pumps. Initially, the company offered full and self-service. When Williams discovered that about 95 percent of the gasoline dispensed was self-serve, the company converted fully to self-service. The next trend in the industry was what the industry refers to as the "C" concept, or convenience store concept, which appeared in the mids.
By the small chain of stores had grown to number In the late s Mr.
Williams decided to try his hand at gaining some diesel volume. The first facility with "diesel bays" was built in Suffolk, VA in This was shortly followed by the company's first venture into the travel plaza arena. In the winter of , Wilco , Raphine, VA opened its doors to the world of professional trucking. This facility offered multiple diesel bays, traditional truck company payment methods, showers and a restaurant. The company continued to build both travel plazas and convenience stores throughout the nineties, expanding outside the Carolinas and Virginia into Georgia and Pennsylvania.