Originally charted as Tennessee Oilmen's Association in 1929, then the Tennessee Oil Marketers Association. Ultimately, in 2008 to expand the organization's scope, the name was changed to The Tennessee Fuel & Convenience Store Association. The association wanted better to reflect the full scope of its mission and membership. TFCA represents every aspect of the fuel industry, from the refinery to the neighborhood retailers. The association's members are an important part of Tennessee's economy. They provide jobs and opportunities for thousands of employees throughout the state. Many of its members are multi-generational family-owned businesses that put their employees first while providing safe essential goods and services to their customers.
Throughout the years, TFCA has become the driving force behind several public safety campaigns, such as universal carding for carry-out beer purchases, which has greatly reduced teen drinking in Tennessee. TFCA also has been at the forefront of environmental efforts to clean up leaking petroleum storage tanks and properly dispose of used oil and tires.