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Convenience stores are very much a part of the communities that they serve, whether through outreach, charity campaigns or sponsoring community events.

 
 

 

 

 Charitable giving

 
  • Casey’s General Stores
    ​In many small towns, Casey’s is a mom-and-pop shop, a gas station, a pizza parlor, a bakery and community gathering place. In 2011, it added pizza delivery, which increased sales and helped the company continue to redefine how they are all things to all people, especially in smaller communities. (2013)
     
  • Maverik
    ​Maverik continues to innovate, whether sponsoring sports and outdoors activities, unique partnerships and acquisitions or introducing interesting new products. The idea is that adventure is everywhere. (2013)
     
  • Parker’s
    ​Parker’s continues to innovate, using new technologies like an ACH debit card that saves customers up to 10 cents per gallon. Inside the store, is an innovative layout to maximize selling, and state-of-the-art tools like PeopleMatter and LIFT. (2012)
     
  • Stew Leonard’s
    ​It’s more than just a store — it's an experience. The retailer combines exceptional customer service with a unique layout and products that tops in the world in food sales per square foot, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. (2011)
     
  • Russell’s Truck & Travel Center
    ​This is a true destination when there aren’t many other things nearby. With a Route 66 theme, it really is a “wow” experience, from the regular truck stop amenities to a car museum. (2011)
     
 

 Outreach

 
  • Kum & Go
    The company’s new marketplace design prototype has a variety of unique offerings for customers, especially around fresh, with the goal to create the store of the future for associates and for customers. (Johnston, IA). (2016)
     
  • Mendez Fuel (Mendez Fuel Holdings LLC)
    Mendez Fuel has a cold-pressed juices program for incredibly fresh smoothies and juices. And it also offers a variety of craft beers on tap as part of its growler program, including a new program with canned growlers (Miami, FL). (2016)
     
  • Metro Market (Sprint Food Stores Inc.)
    Metro Market embraces the historical aspects of an old building with a modern offer, with the design and concept of being a place to hang out, study or host social and business events (Augusta, GA). (2016)
     
  • High Country Market & GastroPub
    Owner Zahir Walji is one of a few level two sommeliers in the region, and he sells 30 of the top 100 rated wines in the country. But there is much more to this high-end gastropub/gas station, where even its own unique black truffle and rosemary ketchup is made from scratch. (Round Rock, TX). (2016)
     
  • Throx Market Station (Throckmorton Enterprises Inc.)
    The store has high-end food, a protein shake program and plenty of unique better-for-your items, but it is the community spirit that sets Throx apart. (Winchester, VA). (2016)
     
 

 Community hub

 
  • Kum & Go
    The company’s new marketplace design prototype has a variety of unique offerings for customers, especially around fresh, with the goal to create the store of the future for associates and for customers. (Johnston, IA). (2016)
     
  • Metro Market (Sprint Food Stores Inc.)
    Metro Market embraces the historical aspects of an old building with a modern offer, with the design and concept of being a place to hang out, study or host social and business events (Augusta, GA). (2016)
     
  • Slovacek’s
    The unique architecture and quirky personality is the driving force drawing costumers in, but it’s Slovacek’s fresh baked goods, homemade meats and cheeses, gourmet sandwiches and unique merchandise that keeps customers coming back (West, TX). (2016)
     
  • High Country Market & GastroPub
    Owner Zahir Walji is one of a few level two sommeliers in the region, and he sells 30 of the top 100 rated wines in the country. But there is much more to this high-end gastropub/gas station, where even its own unique black truffle and rosemary ketchup is made from scratch. (Round Rock, TX). (2016)
     
  • Throx Market Station (Throckmorton Enterprises Inc.)
    The store has high-end food, a protein shake program and plenty of unique better-for-your items, but it is the community spirit that sets Throx apart. (Winchester, VA). (2016)
     
 

 Responsible retailing

 
  • Kum & Go
    The company’s new marketplace design prototype has a variety of unique offerings for customers, especially around fresh, with the goal to create the store of the future for associates and for customers. (Johnston, IA). (2016)
     
  • OnCue Express (OnCue Marketing)
    Offering a buffet of fuels, OnCue has embraced compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative domestic fuel. Combine that with a large drive-thru presence, clean stores and friendly service, the company is delivering a compelling offer to consumers. (Oklahoma City, OK) (2015)
     
  • Verc Enterprises Inc. (Verc Express)
    The company tested a program to provide work to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that also significantly increased company culture. Verc expanded the program to providing employment to other hard-to-place individuals and saw its culture continue to flourish (Kingston, MA). (2015)
     
  • California Marketplace
    A hybrid grocery store/convenience store (California, KY) that is really two different experiences. If you are a gas customer, you enter via the convenience store. Otherwise, you are experience the grocery store. Either way, you select how you want to shop that day. (2014)
     
  • Sterling Xpress
    Sterling Xpress (New Orleans, LA) is part of acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce’s goal to rebuild New Orleans and provide food options to underserved. Along the way, the company has also developed new ways to draw traffic and do well in the community. (2014)
     
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