CN Brown Company is a family owned business that started in 1948 as a retail and wholesale lumber company in Lovell, ME. The company expanded its business and territory to include petroleum products in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
In the early 70’s, management recognized the changing lumber industry and began concentrating its efforts in the convenience store, gasoline, and heating oil business. At about this time, Carlton N. Brown hired Harold D. Jones, a district representative from Phillips Petroleum, to be CN Brown Company’s General Manager/CFO; to lead the company into these new markets.
This marked the beginning of a new era for CN Brown Company. The company began a program of purchasing and building new convenience stores, along with its steady expansion of its heating oil business.
The company, now owned and operated by the Jones family, has provided communities with steady employment for over 70 years. CN Brown Company currently owns and operates 74 Big Apple Convenience Stores, 25 Heating Oil Offices, 11 Service Stations, plus service over 100 gasoline dealers. CN Brown Company has positioned itself to be a major contender in the competitive petroleum market throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
In 2012, CN Brown Company began supplying Electricity and Natural Gas to customers in Maine to further diversify energy offerings. https://cnbrownenergy.com/residential-electricity/
In 2012, CN Brown Company launched its Big Apple Rewards program, leading the way for loyalty programs in the Northeast. https://cnbrownrewards.net/
In 2018, CN Brown Company’s electricity division and heating oil division were rebranded to CN Brown Energy. A new energy website was launched in January of 2018. Check it out here: cnbrownenergy.com.
In 2019, the offer of electricity moved into New Hampshire. This enabled CN Brown Company to bundle product offerings for added savings to our valued customers. https://cnbrownenergy.com/bundle-save-landing-page-new-hampshire/
In 2022, the company launched a NEW Rewards program where points can be spent like cash! Easy to get and spend, to include fuel purchases at the Big Apple Stores. Each point = .01! The focus = You Deserve Some Rewards! To learn more visit https://cnbrownrewards.net/how-it-works/.
CN Brown Company supported the MDA for over 25 years. During that time frame the company raised over 6 million dollars in an effort to better the lives of those that have been affected by Muscular Dystrophy.
CN Brown Company is a financially strong company that will continue to evolve in the energy field and the convenience store industry.
The future looks bright and we look forward to serving you.
The Jones Family
Back row: Jamie Jones Cormier – Vice President, Jeff Jones – President, Kurt Jones – Former President, Jinger Duryea- Chairperson of Board of Directors. Front Row, seated: The late Harold Jones, and wife Joyce Jones. CN Brown Company is family owned and operated since 1948.
The Executive Team