A family business since 1948, C.N. Brown Co. began as a retail and wholesale lumber concern and expanded into gasoline, heating oil and convenience stores. It operates Big Apple Food Store convenience outlets throughout New England.

The chain has 40 gas stations that do not have a c-store; 35 are Red Shield Heating Oil sites. The company distributes fuel to 30 independent retail locations but does not control other aspects of buying for these stores. C.N. Brown also operates six car washes.

Headquarters:South Paris, Maine
No. of Stores:118
Average Store Size:1,000-2,500 sq. ft.
Rank Last Year:90
States of Operation: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont
Family Business:Yes