Headquarters:Altoona, Pa.
No. of Stores:584
Rank:14
Rank Last Year:15
Website:http://www.sheetz.com

Sheetz headed into 2019 with fresh leadership. Joe Sheetz remains CEO, while Executive Vice President of Operations Travis Sheetz has been promoted to president and chief operating officer. The retailer also continued its streak on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For ranking, advancing 21 positions from 2017.

After successfully campaigning for looser retail liquor laws, Sheetz has spent the past year converting its soda caves into beer caves. As of November, the convenience-store chain was selling beer in 108 locations in Pennsylvania, according to Penn Live.

Sheetz is also testing a secret menu accessed via the chain’s touchscreen kiosks. The underground menu items include French Toast Stick Mess, Mac n’ Cheese Burger, Meat Ball Pizza Sandwich, Taco Quesadilla and the Grilled Cheese Spicy Chicken Sandwich, according to Trib Live.

Source: Convenience Digital Resource Library, Technomic. For benchmarking purposes, store counts are year-end 2018.