According to an article from CSNews, Marathon owned subsidiary Speedway has launched into a new market in Pennsylvania, opening four stores with more expected.

The stations are located at 4380 Old William Penn Highway, Wilkins; 4830 William Penn Highway, Monroeville; 4311 Steubenville Pike, Robinson; and 4420 Browns Hill Rd., Squirrel Hill.

“Western Pennsylvania is continuous market for Speedway,” said Jamal Kheiry, a Speedway spokesman, who would not talk about Speedway's plans for the region.

The Enon, Ohio-based Speedway is apparently also looking at sites in seven different communities where it may put gas stations, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The areas on the company's radar include Delmont, Unity and Hempfield, Daniel Hewitt, a Latrobe, Pa.- based attorney, shared with the news outlet.

"They seem to be coming in full scale," said Hewitt, who has had meetings with Speedway representatives this month about the various locations.

Speedway wants to expand into Pennsylvania and Tennessee, spokesman Shane Pochard said. He declined to talk about specific areas or how many locations the company is considering. "Speedway is interested in expanding beyond the seven states that we currently serve," Pochard told the Tribune-Review. "We're in the stage of evaluating the options in the market.

The convenience store chain, which is a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp., has approximately 1,460 stores in seven states throughout the Midwest: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Speedway's interest in western Pennsylvania follows on the heels of 7-Eleven Inc.'s move to expand its footprint in the region. In October, the Dallas-based c-store chain closed on acquisitions of EZ Energy USA and Handee Marts Inc., a 7-Eleven licensee, as CSNews Online previously reported. Combined, these deals gave 7-Eleven 125 convenience stores in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, northern West Virginia and western Maryland.