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Congratulations are in order for the team at Sheetz. Convenience Store Decisions recently chose the Altoona, Pennsylvania-based company as its 2017 Chain of the Year, the first two-time winner in the award’s 28-year history.

According to the press release:

    With an unsurpassed commitment to foodservice and technology, a world-class distribution model and a total commitment to its vast employee base, Sheetz Inc. embodies the very best the convenience store industry has to offer.

Fortune recently chose Sheetz as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, included it on the list of Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women, and identified it as one of the Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials.

But this comes as no surprise to GasBuddy users. The vocal and engaged community (who have submitted more than 10 million combined ratings and written reviews since the feature was introduced in the app last year), have praised Sheetz in the search for their Perfect Pit Stop.

“Good food, great staff” writes one GasBuddy user about a Sheetz in Follansbee, WV. The store has an average rating of 5/5 stars.

“The people that work at this location are very nice and very helpful,” says one GasBuddy about a location in York, PA. “Restrooms here are always clean,” says another review.

Such consistently positive feedback from GasBuddy users has earned Sheetz a spot on multiple GasBuddy lists and report cards. Recent examples include:

  1. Sheetz is the #7 Top-Rated Overall brand according to the Q2 2017 Report Card.
  2. According to GasBuddy ratings and reviews data, Sheetz has the highest-rated restrooms in 4 states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia.
  3. Sheetz was chosen as the #2 regional brand for fuel loyalty programs in the 2017 Fuel Loyalty Report.

“It’s no secret why so many GasBuddies choose Sheetz,” says Frank Beard, GasBuddy’s Analyst/Evangelist for Convenience Store Trends. “Whether it’s the clean restrooms, cheap gas, touchscreen-based foodservice, or the modern, inviting store designs, the team at Sheetz works hard to provide the perfect pit stop.”

Online ratings and reviews are critically important for today’s retailers, because you don’t own your brand—your customers do. Through GasBuddy Business Pages, you can benefit from industry-leading solutions to manage your business listings and online reputation, and gain real-time market intelligence and insights to measure and benchmark where you are ranked in the industry. To learn more or to request a demo, email [email protected].

Analyst, Convenience Store and Retail Trends

Frank Beard is a passionate advocate for convenience stores who brings a wide range of experience to the GasBuddy team. His "30 Days of Gas Station Food" experiment has raised awareness of the fact that most — if not all — convenience stores have healthful options available. He's spoken at events like the 2016 NACS Show and the Partnership for a Healthier America's 2017 Summit, and he's a contributor to NACS Magazine and NACS Daily. Having visited more than 1,000 convenience stores in 24 states, Frank helps communicate the fact that convenience stores truly are the perfect pit stop.