GATE Convenience Stores
Gate Petroleum Company started with a single gas station that Herbert “Herb” Peyton opened in 1960, the name GATE originating from the chamber slogan at the time “Jacksonville: A Gateway to Florida”. The 1970s oil crisis led Herb to realize the need to diversify into unrelated businesses to economically protect the company. Today GATE operates precast concrete plants, fuel and fleet services, has an elite real estate portfolio and a hospitality division. The GATE Foundation is also in place to support the well-being of family and community and encourages employees to be active participants in their communities. Herb’s son, John Peyton, now serves as the company’s president, leading over 3,000 employees across seven states.
There are approximately 200 GATE convenience stores throughout the southeastern United States. They can be found as far west as Tallahassee, Florida, as far north as Morganton, North Carolina, and as far south as Lake Placid, Florida. Older service stations typically range between 3,500 and 5,500 square-feet with 6 to 14 fuel dispensers, however newer stations are typically much larger at 6,500 square-feet which includes YOBE, Fresh Kitchen, and 20 fuel dispensers. Prosser has had the opportunity to design, permit, and construct eight GATE convenience stores throughout northeast Florida with 12 more in progress.