Signal to Seymour?
That’s a likely, almost certain, possibility after Richard Scrivener, founder and owner of the Scrivener Oil Company Inc. purchased the former Lazy Lee’s convenience store and gas station on U.S. 60 in Seymour at a bank auction held at noon last Friday.
Purchase price for the one-acre property was $270,000.
About 30 people attended the sale with three different bidders for the business located at the intersection of four-lane U.S. 60, highways C and K, which has a daily traffic volume of more than 26,000 vehicles.
Scrivener Oil Company is the parent company of Signal Food Stores, established in 1984. Today, there are 11 Signal stores in southern Missouri, including three in Springfield, two in Mansfield and single stores in Ava, Buffalo, Camdenton, Mountain View, Nixa and Ozark.
It’s likely Seymour will be the company’s 12th location.
“That’s probably true,” said a smiling Sean Bumgarner, the company’s vice president, who attended Friday’s auction with Scrivener. “We’re already invested in Seymour with the Subway store we purchased here not too long ago.
“Seymour is a great community, a growing community, and this is a very good location on the highway.”
At Friday’s auction, it was Scrivener who made the first bid on the property.
About five minutes after Bob Kollmeyer opened bidding, it was Scrivener who made the final bid for $270,000.
He wrote a check for 10 percent of the purchase price, $27,000, immediately after the sale ended, and Kollmeyer said he anticipated the sale to be closed within 30 days, if not sooner.
After graduating from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Scrivener started his career in the oil industry in Chicago, Ill., at Standard Oil. He experienced success with Standard Oil, then decided to head back to Springfield to establish his own company.
His first Signal Food Store opened in Ava in 1984.
Over the past 35 years, the company has opened 10 more stores.
Ironically, Bumgarner said it was good luck that Scrivener knew about Friday’s auction and property sale.
“I was traveling U.S. 60 through Seymour visiting our stores east of here, and I noticed the sign announcing the auction while passing by,” he said. “I let Rich know that this property would be available at auction today, so we decided to come check it out.
“Now we’ve bought it.”
City Administrator Hillary Gintz said the city of Seymour is encouraged by the property’s sale.
“That’s a location with a ton of potential,” she said.
“Signal has been very good to work with at the Subway, and it’s great that it appears they are expanding their business on the other end of town. The city is very pleased that Scrivener Oil was the buyer. They’ve got a great record in small towns like ours.