Plaid Pantry was founded around 1960 by John Piacentini. The company operates a chain of gas stations and convenience stores in the greater Northwestern United States.
Today there are 108 locations, with one in Seattle, Washington. eight are near Salem, Oregon, and the remainder are in the greater Portland, Oregon, metro area.
In December 2021, Plaid Pantry’s CEO, Jonathan Polonsky, was pushing a measure that currently outlaws the use of flavored tobacco and advertising and places it before the voters. Polonsky said he was interested in a safe alternative but many say that the CEO is only interested because the current ban has hurt sales.
Local Oregon newspapers remind residents that the Plaid Pantry is locally owned and operated and that shopping there is good for their community.
The Plaid Pantry maintains a corporate office in Beaverton, Oregon.