Fastrip stores began in 1968 as a small dairy farm, which offered milk, cheese, and other items from a small roadside store in Bakersfield, California. Within a few years, the company decided to open a larger store, offering more grocery items and in 1970, the company added Jaco gas pumps. Most stations simply list their gas as “Fastrip” but it comes from the locally made gas at Jaco.
The company slowly expanded within the greater Bakersfield/Oildale/Rosedale area until they expanded north into the Fresno, Sacramento, and Chico areas of California. In the early 1990’s, the company headed south into Riverside, San Bernardino, and Coachella markets.
The company has now expanded into Arizona and has four locations in Bullhead City, Nogales, and Casa Grande, with more locations expected to open over the next few years.
Fastrip currently has 53 locations in California and Arizona. The company looks for underserved areas with more rural populations that don’t have easy access to gas stations or grocery stores. Most of these convenience stores are stocked with almost every item a regular grocery store would have, other than meats and produce. Almost all locations offer check cashing, m
Fastrip has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
A video went viral on Facebook after being posted in January of 2018, where an employee explained to a customer that they don’t allow the homeless inside their stores and call the police if they loiter outside. The employee was backed up by the corporate office at Fastrip stating that they don’t want their customers to feel unsafe or to be inconvenienced and that they were working with the Bakersfield Police towards a solution.
The company still has headquarters located in Bakersfield, California.