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RaceTrac Convenience Stores Prepare for Busy Hurricane Season

Retailer stocks up on fuel, bottled water, hot food
RaceTrac convenience store
Photograph courtesy of RaceTrac

The Atlantic hurricane season is underway, and RaceTrac is making sure its convenience stores are stocked with the essentials in hurricane-prone areas.

Forecasters predict this hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 1, could yield a record 33 major storms, RaceTrac said.

  • RaceTrac is No. 17 on CSP’s 2024 Top 40 Update to the 2023 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count. Watch for the full 2024 Top 202 ranking in the June issue of CSP magazine and in CSP Daily News. RaceWay is No. 35.

RaceTrac’s No. 1 priority is the safety of its employees and customers, it said. Stores will remain open during a hurricane unless conditions become unsafe, or officials mandate an evacuation.

Store preparations for tropical weather locations including Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Georgia were completed in April.

“While we always hope for the best, we must all prepare for the worst, and being unprepared is worse than the storm itself,” said Kelly Harrington, director of asset protection, RaceTrac. “RaceTrac takes great pride in being there for our communities as a one-stop-shop for assorted foods, beverages and supplies when they need it most during sever weather events.”

RaceTrac has supplies on hand including various fuel options; bottled water; hot food items (if power is available at the store) like pizza, hot dogs and breakfast items; non-perishable packaged food, snacks and juices; meal supplies like paper plates, paper towels and plastic utensils; over-the-counter medicines; toiletries; and batteries.

The c-store chain also provides free dispensed beverages to power crews, police and first responders during an active hurricane. And its wholly owned fuel transporter, Energy Dispatch, activates its emergency response team to deliver fuel to impacted areas.

RaceTrac also is updating its dedicated fuel pump program for first responders and power crews with enhanced visibility and directional signage this year.

Atlanta-based RaceTrac has more than 580 convenience stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. To keep up to date about store operations during hurricane seasons, visit RaceTrac.com or its Facebook, X and Instagram pages.

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