ROCKLAND — The Maritime Farms convenience store are being sold to a Georgia company, the company announced Nov. 9.

The sale of the stores is expected to be completed in December, Maritime Energy President Susan Ware Page said in the announcement.

Maritime Energy has 13 Maritime Farms stores in the region including two in Rockland, two in Rockport, and one each in South Thomaston, Warren, Union, Waldoboro, Belmont, Jefferson, Newcastle, China and Searsport.

“I’d like to share that after 37 years in the convenience store business, we are selling our Maritime Farms’ stores. As we have been in ‘growth mode’ for several years, I realize this may come as a complete surprise,” Page said in an email that she had sent earlier to employees.

No one will be losing their jobs, she said.

“Make no mistake, our first priority is for our people. I feel that we have found the best match to continue to put our people first, care for the properties and set the stage to lead the business into the future. It was imperative to keep the business in the hands of an American company,” she said.

The company is called Majors Management which is headquartered in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Majors Management supplies approximately 1,100 locations and controls the real estate on more than 625 properties across 16 states in the Southeast, Texas, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions. The management team has more than 150 years of combined experience in operating and managing convenience stores, she said.

Page said it is time for Maritime Energy to get back to its core business — energy.

“Despite all odds in a family owned business, we have reached over 83 years in business. We will be able to shift some of our service technicians from refrigeration/AC work to respond to the needs of our residential customers. We will continue to be delivering motor fuels (gasoline and diesel) to the stores, so customers can expect the same high quality fuel products. Our energy team will supply the stores with fuel oils and propane for both heating and cooking and propane exchange tanks for grilling. Where needed, our team members will be cross trained to focus on our residential and commercial customers,” she said.

“I thank our dedicated team of Maritime Farms’ employees for their service to our customers. We have had a special group of long-time managers and team members who have made the difference in differentiating us from others. A special thanks to our customers, especially our local ones, who kept us in business all these years and allowed us to grow and prosper. We all appreciate you,” she concluded.

Roland G. Ware, father of present owner John Ware, founded Maritime Oil in 1939 in Rockland.