Three C-Stores Make ‘Best Workplaces in Retail’ List

Sheetz, Cumberland Farms, QuikTrip get the nod; VERC is a top place to work in Massachusetts.

November 25, 2020

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Where are the best places to work in retail this year? The Fortune Best Workplaces in Retail 2020 has been released, and convenience stores took three of the 15 slots.

Sheetz lands at No. 6, Cumberland Farms is No. 12 and QuikTrip ranks No. 13.

“Sheetz is always changing for the better and embraces new technology and new ways to do things, trying to give all the best possible experiences. During COVID, they went above and beyond to protect employees and customers, outshining like businesses,” said Sheetz employees about the company.

Cumberland Farms employees said, “This company has a family-oriented focus. We function fully with the support of ALL team members and our manager provides us with a healthy, fair, non-judgmental atmosphere allowing us to grow to our full potential in this company.”

“Our CEO announced that we’d continue to be there for communities,” QuikTrip employees commented. “Any employee who gets COVID and needs to take time off may without it affecting sick days, they’ll continue to get paid, and all costs associated will be covered, health plan or not.”

Next week, hear NACS President and CEO Henry Armour talk with Travis Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz, on Dec. 2, and Chet Cadieux, chairman and CEO of QuikTrip, on Dec. 3, during the NACS Crack the Code Experience Spotlight Sessions. You can still register to gain access to this and dozens more education sessions and collaborative experiences.

To determine the 2020 Best Workplaces in Retail list, Great Place to Work® analyzed confidential survey feedback representing more than 900,000 employees working in the retail industry in the U.S. Here’s the full list: 

  1. Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
  2. CarMax
  3. Publix Super Markets
  4. Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
  5. Nugget Market Inc.
  6. Sheetz Inc.
  7. Custom Ink
  8. Target Corp.
  9. Altar’d State
  10. Burlington Stores Inc.
  11. Wireless Vision
  12. Cumberland Farms Inc.
  13. QuikTrip
  14. Trek Bicycle Corp.
  15. Brookshire Grocery Co. 

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe named VERC Enterprises as a top place to work in Massachusetts in the 13th annual employee-based survey project. “This was a particularly challenging year to be a great place to work, and the companies that made our list went above and beyond to keep their employees safe, engaged and cared for,” said Katie Johnson, the Globe’s Top Places to Work editor, in a press release.

“We’re honored to be a recipient of this prestigious recognition—one we have received five times—from the Boston Globe and proud that we have created the type of working environment that is worthy of our being named a best place to work,” said Barry Ahern, vice president of operations at VERC.

At the NACS Crack the Code Experience, the three-part education session, “Moments that Matter: Recruiting, Onboarding and Retaining Employees,” is available to view on-demand for people who have registered for Crack the Code, which runs through December 4. There’s still time to register to view sessions through year’s end.