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Employee-Focused Retailers

Employee ownership, extended health benefits, free fitness centers for employees: The c-store industry has a wealth of great companies to work for, with great benefits. Here are some of the best.

“QuikTrip exists so that employees can grow and succeed.”

Chester Cadieux II, founder of No. 15 QuikTrip Corp., Tulsa, Okla., named to Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the past 11 years. Employees own nearly one-half of QuikTrip stock, and the company enjoys one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry.

“We try to do a lot to thank them for what they do for us.”

Bill Young, director of compensation, benefits and risk for No. 24 Sheetz Inc., which built its Center for Schwellness, a health-and-wellness facility available free of charge to employees. The company, which also is expanding health-care coverage for all employees, is routinely ranked among the best places to work in the states in which it does business.

“The feeling of teamwork has been stronger than ever since the announcement.”

Andrea Myers, president and great-granddaughter of the company founders of Kocolene Marketing, a Seymour, Ind.-based chain of 28 stores that established an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) in 2010. Today, 47% of company stock is owned by employees.

“It’s not just a smart thing to do--it’s the right thing to do.”

Ari Haseotes, president and COO at No. 19 Cumberland Gulf Group, on the company’s 2013 decision to expand health-care coverage to 1,500 more employees, converting them from part-time to fulltime status, in advance of the Affordable Care Act.