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Stewart's Shops

Headquarters:Ballston Spa, N.Y.
No. of Stores:330
Avg. Store Size:1,000-2,500 sq. ft.
States of Operation:New York, Vermont

Stewart’s Shops is an employee- and family-owned convenience-store chain. It is known for milk, ice cream, coffee, food to go, gasoline and more. The company traces its roots back to 1921, when Percy W. and Charles V. Dake began making Dake’s Delicious ice cream in Greenfield, N.Y. By 1945, the Dake family had purchased a manufacturing facility, expanded the business and opened the first Stewart’s Stop retail outlet in Ballston Spa, N.Y. The company produces its fresh dairy products in its 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility built in 1994 in Greenfield.

Stewart's Shops offer fuel at 274 locations. One station has a car wash. The chain is unique in the number of products it produces in its own facilities, including 20-ounce “refresher” teas and dairy drinks such as eggnog, along with ice cream and milk, baked goods, breads, soups and chili. Stewart’s Shops all carry Stewart’s private-label products and offer an ice-cream counter.

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