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Kentucky-based Thorntons is a major addition to bp’s growing global convenience and mobility business. After bp took full ownership of the business in 2021, Thorntons has fully integrated into the Retail Operating Organization.


Convenience is one of our transition growth engines, and along with EV charging, we expect it to generate $1.5 billion globally by 2025.

A outside picture of a Thorntons station with fuel pumps

Fast facts

  • Kentucky is home to more than 260 bp-owned and -branded retail stations.
  • From its headquarters in Louisville, Thorntons maintains stores in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Florida.


Louisville-based Thorntons added 200 high-quality retail stores in the Midwest and the South to bp’s network, as well as Thorntons’ 3,400+ employees working across six states. Globally, bp’s Convenience and mobility team has a target of more than 15 million customer touchpoints per day by 2025.


Thorntons provides a competitive consumer offer and strong business operations. bp intends to build on, and further enhance, this long tradition of providing a distinctive customer experience while creating integrated value across bp’s mobility and convenience and fuels supply businesses.

Digital innovation


Thorntons’ successful, customer-focused app and digital presence will help enhance the digital solutions needed to develop innovative and personalized offers. This includes high-quality food, loyalty programs and next generation mobility solutions, including electrification.

Biogas in the Bluegrass State


In December 2022, bp acquired Archaea Energy Inc., a leading producer of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the US. Archaea’s landfill gas to RNG project at the Boyd County Sanitary Landfill in Ashland, Kentucky, is a testament to Archaea Energy’s gas processing capabilities. Archaea’s experienced technical and operational team enabled this project to become operational in just four months after acquiring the project from another developer, which was unable to produce pipeline quality RNG.

*Vendor spend and number of contracted vendors as of 2022. bp employee figures as of June 30, 2023.