Jasmine Brown and Kimberly Claridy Walker are the newest African American female owners of a BP gasoline station and convenience store in Jacksonville, Florida. Both were already successful entrepreneurs but decided to add this profitable franchise to their portfolio to continue being successful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jasmine and Kimberly turned their dream into a reality, but they are also using the opportunity to give back to their community. With their new business venture, they have already implemented a second chance felony friendly hiring program.
“We’re excited to open our first location in Jacksonville and make history with BP in Jacksonville as the only local Black-owned gas & convenient store location,” said Kimberly. “We have a location that is easily accessible so we can quickly get drivers back on the road. Jacksonville, Florida, is the perfect location to do that.”
“We didn’t just do this for us; we did this for everyone. And through this, we plan to open doors for others. Hopefully, we can change the narrative of how other corporations view individuals with a background and also to promote collaboration over competition,” said Jasmine.
Jasmine is the founder of The Opulence Firm, a PR firm she launched in 2009 specializing in event press, sports, fashion line marketing, social media, communications strategy & planning, marketing, and more.
On the other hand, Kimberly is the founder of Walker Enterprises, which consists of a leading property management firm, a non-profit organization, and a food truck. She also owns and manages boarding housing.
Their BP gas station, located at 6845 Arlington Expressway in Jacksonville, Florida, is a 24/7 operation that offers many amenities including name-brand snacks, a car wash, a food truck on-site, the latest electronics, and more. During their grand opening on June 20, 2020, their location sold over 58,000 gallons of gas in one day – a massive accomplishment for a station that was performing below average before they acquired it.
Both women strongly feel that their acquisition will help them thrive during the pandemic and inspire others and open doors for the culture. They have since started a business consulting group called Boss Ladies On the Move, which assists with the development and execution of business plans, franchise acquisitions, and public relations. They have already successfully been able to support two investment groups in acquiring gas stations as well.