Legendary customer service is this C.N. Brown's Big Apple Stores' competitive advantage.

A family business since 1948, the C.N. Brown Co. began as a retail and wholesale lumber concern and expanded into gasoline, heating oil and convenience stores. South Paris, Maine-based C.N. Brown operates 78 Big Apple Food Store convenience outlets throughout New England. The chain has 12 service stations that do not have a c-store, and 27 Red Shield Heating Oil sites. The company distributes fuel to 40 independents and also provides electricity to customers in Maine.

Source: Convenience Digital Resource Library, Technomic

Headquarters:South Paris, Maine
No. of Stores:78
Average Store Size:1,700 sq. ft.
Rank Last Year:81
States of Operation: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont
Family Business:Yes