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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The first 70 family convenience store businesses will be the first honored by The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) this week as "New York's Foremost Convenience Store Families" at its annual trade show and convention here.
The theme of this year's convention is "We Are Family," saluting the moms, pops, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters behind the success of hundreds of neighborhood mini-marts and convenience stores across New York State.
"We are proud to recognize family enterprises whose hard work and community spirit give vitality to our industry," said NYACS chairwoman Andrea Baker of Taylor Mini Marts, Cooperstown, N.Y. "These families also contribute to the family atmosphere that makes NYACS such a special organization."
The families will be honored at a NYACS ceremony during the trade show Thursday at Riverside Convention Center. Each will receive a "Foremost Families" plaque presented by representatives of NYACS and corporate sponsor Philip Morris USA.
The "Foremost Families" honorees range in size from one store to chains of more than 50 stores. They stretch from Montauk on the eastern tip of Long Island north to Plattsburgh near the Canadian border and west to Buffalo. Several have three generations of the family involved in the business -- one listed 13 family members working at its three retail shops.
Families from across the state who own, operate or supply neighborhood mini-marts and convenience stores were invited to nominate themselves for recognition. Criteria includes being headquartered in New York State, being a NYACS member, and having at least two members of the family actively engaged in the business on a fulltime, ongoing basis. Both retailers and suppliers were eligible.
Established in 1986, NYACS is a private, not-for-profit trade association representing nearly 6,000 neighborhood mini-marts and convenience stores across New York as well as 150 companies that supply products, equipment and services to those stores.