Charles Nichols started a small convenience store in 1971, selling groceries, gas, and propane tank refills.
His sons, Ken, Dean, and Phil, took over the business and expanded it, creating Nichols Propane apart from the convenience stores.
The brothers also own the 16 store chain of convenience stores, now called Nic’s Pic Kwik, which still offer propane tank refills.
Nichols Propane is perhaps best known for its no-fee tank rental feature. The company maintains a corporate office in Laurinburg, North Carolina.