Changes coming to local CoGo’s after Coen acquisition
Coen Markets CEO Charles McIlvaine said Somerset County residents should be excited about his company’s acquisition of CoGo’s.
In a deal finalized last week, CoGo’s, a Western Pennsylvania convenience store chain with 38 locations, was sold to Coen Markets, a family-owned chain based in Canonsburg.
“Our whole approach for this is to get our new chain expanded to over 65 locations and to enhance their offerings to our guests,” McIlvaine said. “That includes upgrading the facilities’ image and functionality.”
There is one CoGo’s in Somerset County, a CoGo’s Express along Route 31 in Bakersville. The closest Coen location is in Donegal.
McIlvaine said their full food service offerings include their famous chicken, Western cut french fries, breakfast sandwiches and “bean-to-cup” coffee.
Some of Coen’s stores have drive-thru service, full kitchens and grab-and-go items.
McIlvaine said it is too early to tell what will be added to the Somerset County location. CoGo’s will remain the banner until upgrades are made.
“Within the next couple of years all of the CoGo sites will be converted to offer food,” he said. “It will take time to go through all that.”
As part of the acquisition, Coen is keeping all CoGo’s employees.
“We have signed on all the employees,” he said. “We want the team at CoGo’s to be part of the ongoing entity we seek to grow. You cannot grow by paring down your staff.”
McIlvaine said that combining two companies from the area will make a strong company for the region.
“We are from here,” he said. “This is kind of our hood. We understand by virtue of our own upbringing the area and the market and the guests because we are one of them.”
He said Coen stores offer fresh wholesome food that is handmade in their locations. The closest all food service location is in Norvelt. There are also locations in Greensburg.
“Our anticipation is we would be putting our food offerings in the locations we have that are CoGo’s as well as Coen,” he said.