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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Congressman Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) volunteered at a Portsmouth Cumberland Farms store and met with lobbyists from NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, during an April 8 visit.
"Small businesses are the backbone of New Hampshire's economy — in fact, nearly 96 percent of our employers are classified as small businesses," said Guinta in a released statement earlier this week. "It is essential to continue to grow our small businesses to provide Granite Staters with steady, good-paying jobs while also strengthening and contributing to our local economy."
"Convenience stores, like Cumberland Farms, provide essential services to individuals and families with one-stop shopping, grab-and-go food service, a variety of merchandise and fast transactions," Guinta added.
Guinta spent time working at the cash register during the visit, which took place from 3-4 p.m. at the Cumberland Farms Store located at 1475 Lafayette Road.
Cumberland Farms is based out of Framingham, Mass., but Guinta stated that he considers the chain's New Hampshire stores to be local small businesses. He also said that he plans to work to ensure that complying with federal regulations such as the federal menu labeling laws is not unwieldy for c-stores.
"I will now, when I'm back in Washington, take a look at the current rule," Guinta told New Hampshire Public Radio. "And there's legislation to fix that — proposed legislation — so I'm going to take a look at all of that."