Stewart’s Shops is an employee- and family-owned convenience-store chain known for milk, ice cream, coffee, food to go, gasoline and more. The company produces its fresh dairy products in a 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. 

Its strength in the market, prime locations and generous donations in its communities fulfill Stewart’s slogan, “Closer to You.” The company’s dominance in the markets it serves means it isn’t unusual for residents to give directions that might include “turn left at the Stewart’s.” The chain is known for “dairy and donations” and is in the enviable position of being debt-free and owning most of the property on which the stores are located.

The chain is unique in the number of products it produces in its own facilities, including 20-ounce “refresher” teas and dairy drinks such as eggnog, along with ice cream and milk, baked goods, breads, soups and chili.

Headquarters:Ballston Spa, New York
No. of Stores:332
Average Store Size:1,000-2,500 sq. ft.
Rank Last Year:30
States of Operation: New York, Vermont
Family Business:Yes