A.H. Schade Inc. dba Gem Stop Co. was founded in 1951 in Nampa by A.H. and Wilma Schade. At that time they purchased the business from Shell Oil Co. The company was originally a heating oil and bulk fuel delivery business.
In the late 70’s Don Shepherd began building the first company operated convenience stores. Soon after this the heating oil portion of the business was sold and the focus of the company was on convenience stores and bulk fuel deliveries. Gem Stop currently operates 14 Chevron / Texaco retail facilities in Nampa and the surrounding Treasure Valley. Gem Stop also supplies Chevron / Texaco fuel to13 dealer locations around the valley. The other part of the company is bulk fuel transportation which operates under the name Northwest Petroleum Services. We haul fuel to our company ops, dealer locations, as well as many other bulk fuel facilities.
Gem Stop and Northwest Petroleum is a third generation family business and is currently operated by Craig and Janet Lunt, and Jon Shepherd.