In the mid 1960’s the McGarvey family owned Meadow Brook Dairy, one of the many dairies in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Home delivery of milk was becoming a thing of the past and large grocery store chains were moving into the area. To remain competitive, Meadow Brook decided to establish their own retail outlets. The original Country Fair store, with its unique barn style building and bright red exterior, was an instant “hit” with the Erie, PA community.
Country Fair quickly established itself as the regional leader in the convenience store industry. The chain expanded into eastern Ohio; western New York; and throughout northwestern and north central Pennsylvania during the 1970’s and into the 1980’s. Gasoline was added to most locations during this time to further enhance convenience for the customer. The popularity of fast food in the late 1990’s was another opportunity Country Fair capitalized upon. These strategic concepts, along with sound business principles have guided the company since its inception and solidly positioned Country Fair to be the leading convenience retailer throughout its trade area.
In December 2001, Country Fair, Inc. was purchased by United Refining Company of Warren, PA. As an independent subsidiary of United Refining, Country Fair is now part of one of the largest convenience retailers in the world.