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Our History


1930

1930 Timeline Allen Street

Volta Oil’s history began in 1930, when Harold S. Volta opened a Texaco gasoline station. Over the years, Volta became a multi-product petroleum distributor – wholesaling and retailing gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation fuel, home heating and industrial oils, kerosene, and L.P. gas.


1976

Jim Garrett purchases Volta after Harold Volta retires.


1978

1978-1979 Store Remodeling BP

Volta Oil remodeled its four gas stations with modern pumps, canopies and full-serve gas at self-serve prices.


1979

Volta Oil acquires Sears Fuel, a Plymouth-based heating oil and propane retailer.


1983

Bruce Garrett joins Volta Oil in the service department.


1987

Volta enhances its distribution of ValvTect products to marinas and on road fleets, offering branded marine fuels and Diesel Guard branded diesel.


1988

1988 Timeline

Volta expands its branded offering by adding the Gulf Brand to go along with the Texaco brand.


1991

1991 Timeline First Conv Store Palmer Ave

Peter Garrett joins Volta Oil as a dispatcher, and Volta creates a transportation division with one transport and two bobtails.

Volta opens its first convenience store in Falmouth, MA.


1993

Volta adds the Sunoco franchise to its branded offering for wholesale customers.


1997

Volta acquires Mobil distributor Hubbard Oil and expands its presence on Cape Cod, MA.


1999

Stephen Garrett joins the Volta team as an IT administrator.


2000

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Volta Oil Company launches its Rapid Refill brand of convenience stores.


2007

Volta Acquires CW Fuels, expands its commercial fleet business, and grows its footprint in New Hampshire.


2008

Volta Oil purchases Dependable Petroleum and transitions into a full service petroleum repair and installation contractor.


2013

Volta expands its branded wholesale offering with the Shell brand.


Today

Today, Volta wholesales and retails gasoline and diesel fuel under six major brands (Shell, ExxonMobil, Sunoco, Gulf and CITGO) and its own Rapid Refill brand through terminals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Fifteen Rapid Refill convenience stores are in operation in Massachusetts and New Hampshire , some of which include other national brands like Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, and Subway. Volta services hundreds of customers throughout New England, including convenience stores, traditional service stations, marinas and commercial and industrial customers. No matter where you find us, you can count on us to deliver total service you can trust.