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99 Cents Only Opts for Ryder CNG

August 22, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Largest Placement Yet for Sanbag-Backed Fleet

The 302-outlet, Commerce, Calif.-based chain of 99 Cents Only Stores is converting 40 of its semi-trucks to compressed natural gas, using Freightliner tractors from Ryder System.

It’s a 30-40 celebration for 99 Cents, as the company announced its plans for CNG on the 30th anniversary of its founding on “Lucky Friday the 13th of August 1982.”

“This new fleet is the largest private Class-8 CNG trucking fleet in Southern California,” 99 Cents says.

“We are thrilled to be marking this important 30-year milestone by making this announcement which will help save the planet, use a plentiful domestic resource and help save our customers money,” 99 Cents CEO Eric Schiffer said in a release.

“We believe we will have one of the nation’s largest retail fleets operating on compressed natural gas,” Schiffer said.

It is also the largest placement of CNG trucks from Ryder’s 202-unit fleet deployment supported by $19.3 million worth of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money via Sanbag, Southern California’s San Bernardino Associated Governments.

Since its founding in 1982, 99 Cents says, the chain has expanded to 302 extreme value stores in four states consisting of 220 stores in California, 37 in Texas, 29 in Arizona, and 15 in Nevada. About half of the firm’s sales come from food and beverages; including fruits and vegetables, dairy, deli and frozen foods, along with organic and gourmet foods. And despite its discount posture, the firm says that its highest-volume store is adjacent to Beverly Hills.

Jim Parros is senior VP for logistics with 99 Cents Only Stores.


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