In 1972, Henry D. Sahakian founded Uni-Mart as a division of Unico Corporation, a family-owned real estate company. That same year, Henry opened his first convenience store in State College, Pennsylvania. Over the next 15 years, Uni-Mart grew and became one of the most successful chains in the Northeast. In December 1986, with 208 stores in operation, Uni-Mart was spun off from Unico and became a publicly traded company on the American Stock Exchange. In July 2004, Uni-Mart finalized a merger and once again became a private company. With over 100 million customers a year, Uni-Mart is currently one of the leading convenience store and gasoline station chains in the nation. The Company also operates discount tobacco stores under the name "Choice." There are over 280 convenience stores and Choice Cigarette Discount Outlets in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Throughout its 32-year history, Uni-Mart has successfully built its brand value and established a reputation among its customers for its emphasis on convenience, speed, quality products, excellent service and competitive pricing. Uni-Mart offers a complete line of over 3,000 popular consumer merchandise, grocery and other convenience items. In addition, the Company offers products designed to increase store traffic, such as lottery tickets, ATMs, money orders, pre-paid calling cards, and car washes.