Golden Pantry Food Stores recently rebranded sites—now reduced from 39 to 33 from middle 2019 into 2020—with a refreshed logo and slogan that implored customers to "Eat. Drink. Be Golden." With the bulk of stores located within the greater Athens, Ga. area, the company continues to partner with and support providers of local goods. The Shell-branded retailer has stores that range from 2,500 to 4,000 square feet—all providing full-, limited- and self-service food formats, plus quick-service restaurants. The chain is known for signature fresh-made biscuits and fried chicken made from scratch.

From its inception, company founders made it a top priority to offer the pinnacle of service—a single-minded approach that pervades the organization to this day. The company is a loyal supporter of The United Way of Northeast Georgia.

For benchmarking purposes, store counts are year-end 2019.

Headquarters:Watkinsville, Georgia
No. of Stores:33
Rank Last Year:162