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June 12, 2023 / 2023 Power 25 Real Estate

2023 Power 25 Real Estate: Michael Frisbie & Abdul Tammo

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER Michael Frisbie and Abdul Tammo, co-owners of Noble Gas Inc., stand in front of a new service center in Sturbridge, Mass., which will combine unique amenities, including a high-end deli, quality coffee and ice cream shops, latest-generation electric vehicle chargers and more.

Developers Michael Frisbie and Abdul Tammo grew up more than 5,000 miles apart in different corners of the world, but have formed a family-like partnership behind a rapidly evolving line of service stations set for explosive growth.

Over the past decade, the partners have built or refurbished a dozen gas stations under their Hartford-based Noble Gas Inc. brand, aiming to offer clean and friendly service that is a cut above the competition.

Now, they are building a new generation of larger service centers with more amenities, designed to accommodate future driving and consumption habits.

The centers will blend traditional offerings with a high-end deli, quality coffee and ice cream shops, latest-generation electric vehicle chargers and more, with indoor seating and outdoor picnic areas furnished with aesthetic gas stoves.

The first three developments — with a combined cost north of $30 million — are scheduled to open this summer, in Enfield, East Lyme and Sturbridge, Massachusetts, according to Frisbie, Noble Gas’ co-owner.

Noble is on pace to add 20 stations over the coming five years, Frisbie said, including in Hamden, East Hartford and Windsor.

Frisbie, 54, comes from a blue-collar household in Westfield, Mass., and he put himself through Nichols College, a small business school in Dudley, Mass. He graduated in 1990, and went to work as a financial analyst for MassMutual.

In 1995, Frisbie moved to Atlanta and took a job scouting and permitting locations for RaceTrac Petroleum, a service-station chain located across the southern U.S.

Tammo, 55, is an ethnic Kurd who grew up in northern Syria and worked in a small-scale apartment development before immigrating in 1997 to the U.S. seeking opportunity.

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