“Toot’n Totum” – Greg Mitchell
Pampa & Perryton, TX
The Toot’n Totum story, told by family member Greg Mitchell, is one for the “generations.” Toot’n Totum was established in 1950 when Eldon “Lefty” and Novie Mitchell established the first of their convenience stores. The Mitchell children (Greg and Mary) carry on the tradition today with 78 stores across three states (Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas). Instead of having 7/11 buy them out like many a sad story has been told, the Mitchell’s flipped the script and bought out surrounding 7/11 stores.
The name Toot’n Totum originated from Novie’s saying “you toot your horn and we’ll tote your groceries.” The offerings vary depending on the location. The Pampa c-store sales are off-the-charts in fountain drink sales due to a multitude of thirsty patrons looking to stave off the Texas heat with the signature fountain stations. Famous offerings of the Pampa store aren’t limited to just fountain drinks. The c-store boasts groceries, fuel, beer cave, ready-to-eat foods car wash, car care/lube centers, a Mr. Payroll Check Cashing center and drive-thru. The drive-thru is another key staple of Toot’n Totum’s success. When customers pull up to the ordering window, fountain drinks, coffee, beer and tobacco are the four top requested items from those customers. Their second location is a truck stop located in Perryton. In addition to the items that the Pampa store lists, this truck stop provides showers, dining, charger stations, fuel island, DEF and dye diesel. Their truckers love the expansive concrete site space to maneuver their rigs to get fuel, park for dinner or park overnight.