Mr. Stewart Goes to Maverik
The congressman and the convenience store
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah -- U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah) traded his day job for a position as a cashier at a Maverik Inc. convenience store in Pleasant Grove, Utah, on Tuesday, reported ABC 4 Utah.
He took a few hours during recess to experience a community staple from a different perspective, said the report.
"It's a big part of our economy; it's a big part of small business," said Stewart.
"We wanted to give him a glimpse of what it's like to run a convenience store--getting that experience and meeting our customers, who we love. We think our customers are a glimpse of everyday life in America and in Utah," Maverik's vice president of operations, Danielle Mattiussi, told the news outlet.
It's a chance to meet customers and work side by side with Utahns trying to get by, the report added.
"We are just hard working people trying to make a living each day," store manager Fuka Faleao told ABC 4 Utah.
"Had a great experience working a shift a Maverik yesterday," Stewart posted on his Facebook page. "So much can be learned from their hard working, happy, polite employees. Congress could sure learn a thing or two from them."
The visit is part of a campaign by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which is inviting Stewart and other members of Congress to roll up their sleeves and take the lessons they learn back to Washington.
North Salt Lake City, Utah-based Maverik--an "outdoor-adventure" branded convenience store and gas station chain--has nearly 250 stores in 10 states and is one of the largest independent fuel marketer in the Intermountain West.