Company History

Joe Gillis directs the pouring of concrete at the first Dutch Oil Company development at Stokes Express Mart (Columbus, MS) in April 1973.

It all started in 1972, when Joe Gillis supplied his first country store with Shell Oil fuel near Columbus, Mississippi. After traveling the country for many years as an employee of Royal Dutch Shell, Joe launched Dutch Oil Company in Columbus, with the support of his faithful wife and four children. As an entrepreneur, Joe was responsible for many “firsts” in the local market.  He was the first to offer a free car wash with a fuel fill-up; first to operate 24 hours per day; and the first to offer same day dry cleaners in a convenience store.

Joe also pioneered many other new marketing concepts, such as starting a pharmacy business within a traditional convenience store in 1990. Since its birth in 1972, Dutch Oil Company has expanded into a number of other business entities, forming “The Dutch Group” of companies, serving many customers in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Louisiana.  The various companies of The Dutch Group are still privately held, and mostly family owned, with 40 consecutive years of positive sales growth.

Business Concepts

For over 40 years, The Dutch Group has introduced innovative business concepts from the design of commercial buildings to the operation of convenience stores with fuel, travel centers, fast food operations, pharmacies, and commercial shopping centers.

Traditional Convenience Stores: In response to the ever-growing demand for convenience and accessibility, we choose convenient locations to offer the products and services that meet our customers’ daily needs.   As a result, The Dutch Group and its various business partners are recognized as market leaders in the markets served.

Trusted Pharmacies: Our pharmacists are an integral part of the local communities they serve.   Our customers return because they trust them to provide friendly, personable service while meeting their pharmacy needs.

Market-Specific Concepts: Every community has different needs.  Along with its business partners, The Dutch Group offers fast service and added convenience to customers in communities with unique needs.  These services include major fast food chains, bakeries, banks, dry cleaning, bait sales, rental trucks and trailers, pharmacies, and other market-specific concepts.

Travel Centers: The Dutch Group offers a number of large facilities, located on major travel thoroughfares, which are capable of accommodating large truck operations, as well as buses, parking, fuel, food and traditional convenience store operations.

Lubricants:  Dutch Lubricants, LLC is a top regional supplier of quality industrial, transport, aviation, equipment, and basic retail lubricant products to a broad spectrum of customers.  Our four warehouses serve markets in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Louisiana.