QuikTrip (QT) recently announced that it is investing more than $3 million in grants in local nonprofits and first responder organizations to address homelessness and increase safety in communities throughout the Phoenix metro area. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and representatives from Phoenix law enforcement and select nonprofits were present at the announcement to speak about the impact of QuikTrip’s charitable giving.
(Curious about recent crime stats in c-stores? Help NACS conduct an industry-wide crime survey.)
QT also recognized longstanding partnerships with Valley of the Sun United Way and Child Crisis Arizona, as well as new investments with Phoenix Rescue Mission and Sojourner Center, which focus on helping homelessness and addiction.
“[In] the city of Phoenix, we know that it’s always better to tackle a problem together as opposed to on one’s own. That’s why, as Phoenix continues allocating and deploying critical resources at breakneck speed, I am grateful for QuikTrip’s partnership and its support of local nonprofits who are serving Phoenicians facing homelessness and addiction,” said Mayor Gallego. “I appreciate QT’s ongoing work with us to address our community’s most pressing challenges and hope this partnership inspires many more to come.”
Since opening its first Phoenix location in April 2000, QuikTrip has grown to have 115 stores and 3,249 employees in the Phoenix metro area. Since its founding in 1958, QuikTrip has donated 5% of net profits to the communities it serves. QuikTrip invested $3,084,896 in several organizations across the Valley.
QuikTrip stated that these investments are part of a larger mission of addressing the toughest issues facing Phoenix. “We have seen the incredible difference these groups are making by providing critical services that address the root causes of homelessness, addiction and crime. By supporting their efforts, we are proud to play a role in creating a safer, stronger and more prosperous community for all of Phoenix,” said Lauren Sherry, QuikTrip community relations manager. “Community is our customer, and we are committed to being a good neighbor in each community we serve.”
According to national crime statistics released by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), robbery increased 1.3% across the country in 2022. The FBI also reported that convenience stores and gas stations combined were the site of 13.8% of robberies in 2022.
To continue developing and sharing important resources for retailers, NACS is currently fielding an industry-wide crime and loss prevention survey. By participating in the survey, retailers can assist NACS in quantifying critical industry-specific challenges and help prioritize and guide strategic actions to address these challenges.
“We’re asking all convenience and fuels retailers to provide us with their input on how crime is impacting their operations,” said Lori Stillman, vice president of research and education at NACS. “As we assemble an industry-wide working group to address the most pressing needs of our members, these data will be invaluable to our efforts.”