BOSTON – Buc-ee’s is the breakout retailer among the best gas-station brands in America, according to GasBuddy.
The developer of the GasBuddy smartphone app, which connects more than 70 million drivers with gas stations according to member ratings, has issued its list of the Top 10 Gas Station Brands in the United States for 2017.
“These are destination brands that directly compete with restaurants, coffee shops, and—in some cases—even supermarkets,” said Frank Beard, c-store and retail trends analyst for Boston-based GasBuddy. “Although gas stations are still in the business of selling gas, the leading brands have become so much more. They’re a refuge for motorists looking for great food, an amazing cup of coffee or some of the best customer service you’ll find anywhere.”
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GasBuddy’s data science team compiled the findings by examining customer ratings and reviews between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, only considering U.S. convenience stores with more than 30 retail locations.
Here are the top 10 gas-station brands in the United States, according to GasBuddy …
Leading the pack is Lake Jackson, Texas-based Buc-ee’s. With 33 locations, Buc-ee’s sweeps the ranking by capturing the highest ratings and reviews in all six GasBuddy categories: coffee, cleanliness, customer service, outdoor lighting, restrooms and overall.
2. Kelley’s Market
Rockford, Ill.-based Kelley Williamson Co.’s Kelley’s Market, with 48 locations in Rockford, Ill., and Madison, Wis., also made a strong showing by placing second in the overall category and second in the five individual categories demonstrating their commitment to all facets of the customer experience.
3. Kwik Trip
Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip operates 740 locations in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. QuikTrip placed in the following categories: overall (fourth), cleanliness (fifth), customer service (third), outdoor lighting (fifth) and restrooms (fifth).