10101 Linn Station Rd #200
Louisville, KY, 40223 United States
(502) 425-8022 †
#202 in Forbes Largest Private Companies (July 2016)
Fill 'er (and you) up at Thorntons. One of Kentucky's largest privately held companies, Thorntons operates some 180 convenience stores and gas stations there and in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and now Florida under the Thorntons banner. The company also distributes petroleum and petroleum products through its wholly owned subsidiary Thornton Transportation Co. and operates a river bulk storage terminal in Louisville, Kentucky. The chain is focusing on high-margin items such as sandwiches, doughnuts, and gourmet coffee to boost sales. The family-owned and -operated firm was co-founded in 1971 by namesake James Thornton and is run by his son, CEO Matt Thornton.
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