Campus: CSU, Fresno -- January 14, 2000

Beal Brothers Donate Half Million For The Save Mart Center

George and Ernie Beal, owners and operators of Johnny Quik Food Stores, have donated $500,000 to the multi-purpose Save Mart Center at California State University, Fresno, President John D. Welty announced today.

Known for their success in the convenience store business for more than 30 years, including the establishment of Johnny Quik in 1985, the Beals have long supported local schools and youth activities and have provided full scholarships for Fresno State students.

"The generosity of the Beals and others who've responded to our capital fund drive in recent weeks is increasing the momentum of this project," Welty said. "We are grateful for this leadership gift."

Donations to the center in the past three weeks have amounted to $2 million, pushing the total to more than $70 million to date toward the $103 million goal.

The Beals say the event center project mirrors their own "good neighbor" philosophy.

"We have been committed to enhancing the student experience at Fresno State for many, many years and we see this as another way to continue our commitment to a program that will greatly enrich our university while benefiting the community at large," said Ernie Beal.

The Beal brothers began working for a convenience store 30 years ago as teenagers and in 1973 began their own store in Reedley, building a chain of 25 between Tulare and Modesto.

They sold the stores to a large national chain in 1985 and shortly thereafter established the Johnny Quik Food Stores that have become a state-of-the-art franchise concept for convenience store development. The Beals now have 25 franchised and company stores from Bakersfield to Madera with three more stores scheduled in 2000. They feature sit-down eating areas and, in some stores, restaurants like Subway, Taco Bell, and Port of Subs.

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Smits, Fresno State vice president for university advancement, at 278-6050.

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