ALTOONA, Pa. — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers, has been named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2017 Chain of the Year, an annual award honoring a convenience chain displaying industry innovation and superior retail experience.
“We are so proud to be recognized by Convenience Store Decisions as the 2017 Convenience Store Chain of the Year,” Joe Sheetz, president and chief executive officer, said in a news release. “This recognition truly belongs to our employees and to the customers who have supported us for the past 65 years. Sheetz would not be the company it is today without great employees and loyal customers.”
The 2017 honor marks Sheetz as the first convenience store in the award’s 28-year history to hold the title for a second year. Sheetz was first honored as Chain of the Year in 1994, after a decade of rapid coastal expansion with the chain spanning 190 locations.
Sheetz has since expanded to more than 550 locations in six states. In the past year, Sheetz has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, a Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials.
“Sheetz remains a beacon of innovation that every convenience store chain can admire. It is a family-owned business that remains true to its employees and the communities it serves” said John Lofstock, editor-in-chief of Convenience Store Decisions. “Family businesses made this industry what it is today and as long as outstanding companies like Sheetz continue to thrive, the convenience store industry will continue to reach new heights.”
Sheetz remains one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated retailers, with eight Sheetz family members spanning three generations serving on the Executive Committee, and eight family members holding a role in the business.