2022 Indie Influencers

2022 Indie Influencers

Abbott’s Travel Center

When Numan Dharani opened Abbott’s Travel Center in Abbott, Texas, in September, he purposely aimed to offer “items not typically offered at convenience.”

2022 Indie Influencers

Hruska’s Store & Bakery

Angela Solis, store manager of Hruska’s Store & Bakery in Ellinger, Texas, says “old-fashioned ways” have always set the retailer apart from the rest.

Michael Lawson, general manager of The Thumb c-store in Scottsdale, Ariz., was eager to lighten up the vibe in his store in 2021.

Shonta Simmons opened N & Out Market in Peoria, Ill., with her husband, Willie, in early 2021 with a solid business mission: to provide fresh, healthy foods to local residents and establish a position as community advocates.

Anthony Perrine, owner of Lou Perrine’s Gas & Grocery in Kenosha, Wis., has graced CSP’s Indie Influencers list before for serving the community but his most on-display strength is in his unique and fun approach to doing business.

Genesee Country Store & Candy Land in Golden, Colo.—stocked high with nostalgic candy favorites and its own line of homemade fudge—is proficient at selling a wide array of c-store staples, but an affinity for the unexpected has made it stand out from the humdrum.

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An accountant and elementary school teacher by trades, Jon Sanders and his wife Lori took a sharp turn in 2010 when they tabled their careers and entered the retail world.

Jared Scheeler embraces his origin story as a convenience-store newbie turned independent retail leader and even current chairman of NACS.

Located in the heart of Albany, N.Y., and named for the common online search phrase, Food Near Me opened in 2021 with the goal of “making the store more of an experience.”

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