Owned and operated by a hands-on family team, Sheetz surpasses many convenience stores with its levels of efficiencies in foodservice, distribution and technology.

Sheetz Inc., based in Altoona, Pa., has revenues of about $6 billion from more than 470 locations throughout Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia. The company, which grew out of a single dairy store that founder Bob Sheetz purchased from his father in 1952, has become one of the convenience-store industry's premier operators.

Long known as an innovator, Sheetz strives to "create a business that will put Sheetz, as we know it today, out of business," according to company literature. The company's Creation and Reinvention initiative helps spawn new retail and restaurant concepts.

The company has more than 15,000 employees working at stores, corporate offices and support sites. For the first time in 2014, the company appeared on Fortune magazine's annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, debuting at No. 87.

Q1 2015 Update

Sheetz Inc., which operates in six states in the East, opened its 500th store on Feb. 24 in Thomasville, N.C. The company is planning more than 30 new store openings in 2015.

Headquarters:Altoona, Pennsylvania
No. of Stores:487
Average Store Size:4,000+ sq. ft.
Rank Last Year:25
States of Operation: Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Family Business:Yes