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    QuikTrip Tops List of Adoption-Friendly Retail Workplaces

    The retailer's employees receive up to $10,000 per adoption and six weeks paid leave.

    TULSA, Okla. -- QuikTrip Corp., based here, topped The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s third annual 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in the retail industry.

    In addition to ranking No. 1 in the retail industry, QuickTrip ranked No. 18 on the overall Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list. The c-store chain provides its 10,000 employees with up to $10,000 per adoption and six weeks paid leave.

    "QuikTrip is well-known as a family-oriented business. Providing benefits to assist our employees to become adoptive parents is simply the right thing to do," Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip president and CEO, said in a statement released by the foundation.

    Rankings for the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits—financial reimbursement and paid leave —available to employees who adopt. The foundation compiled the results from survey data collected from 753 U.S. employers. Employee Benefit News, a SourceMedia publication, helped extend the survey’s scope even further by inviting readers to participate. This year, more than 90 organizations established or enhanced adoption benefits.

    Following QuikTrip on the retail industry list were: Sears Holdings Corp., Patagonia Inc., Brooks Brothers, and Giant Eagle Inc., according to the foundation.

    "We continue to see increases in the number of companies establishing and enhancing adoption benefit policies. Even with today’s tough economy, we found that companies are dedicated more than ever to providing competitive benefits packages to help their employees when they adopt," stated Rita Soronen, executive director of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which was created by the founder of Wendy’s. "It is one benefit that employers can add without negatively impacting the bottom line."

    The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a non-profit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of foster care children in North America.

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