This family-owned c-store chain continues to treat each person that walks through its doors like family, even after nearly 80 years. With a name like Fleming Oil Company, one would assume the business would be built around, well, oil. But to only focus on the company’s distribution of oil and kerosene to residential, mobile home, commercial, and industrial markets would be akin to looking at the night sky and saying, “Look, there’s a star.”

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An extensive history in e-commerce and a low-price guarantee keep this discount furniture retailer strong in a shaky market. Furniture retailers often struggle with having to buy inordinate amounts of inventory, estimate what products will move, and, when they run into a slow time, liquidate the leftovers at extremely low prices. These are problems One Way Furniture has avoided since its founding in 2001 due to a direct manufacturer business platform that cuts out the middle man.

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This c-store chain’s long history of growth has positioned it well for new management and a strong future. Across the Southeastern United States, one name rings true in the world of convenience: The Pantry. With more than 80% of its locations now branded under the Kangaroo Express banner, the big red ‘K’ and yellow marsupial might be a more familiar site. But behind the scenes, when it comes to guaranteeing quality, convenience, and consumer satisfaction, The Pantry is the name to trust. 

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Understanding the unique needs of each of its markets helps this Pennsylvania c-store chain thrive. Convenience store operators find themselves in an interesting niche in a tough economy. They are sure to see a drop in sales in some areas just like any business, but the variety of products and competitive price points gives them an edge that other businesses often don’t have. However, at Pennsylvania’s Top Star Express, the key to surviving the economic downturn comes back to one word—service.

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Most noted for its fashion, fit, and value proposition, this urban plus-sized women’s clothing retailer is making a name for itself in the apparel industry. Customers shopping at Urban Brands’ Ashley Stewart stores are not shy about who they are. Mostly college educated homeowners with middle to upper-middle incomes, these divas know they can come to any of the company’s 215 nationwide stores and find fashionable clothing that fits their budgets and their bodies. 

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This Virginia-based c-store chain knows how to make a lasting impression on its customers. According to Carl Hitt, director of retail operations for Wi-Not Stop, running a good convenience store chain isn’t rocket science. It’s a matter of maintaining the basics: keeping hot food hot, cold food cold, and giving the customer what they want.

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This nationally franchised chocolatier is experiencing growth while other retailers are falling behind. The secret to the success is a focus on quality, family, and perfect chocolate partners. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory began as a single location in Durango, Colo. in 1981. Since then, the company has become the largest chocolate retailer in the US and North America in terms of retail units, but it’s never strayed from its founding principles of family, product quality, and atmosphere. 

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This provider of mobility products and services sells more than products to its customers. It sells solutions that give people independence. Approximately 60% of individuals coming into a mobility dealership or retail location are new to the mobility world. Whether through an event or a diagnosis, entry into the world of mobility is rarely gradual, so before needs are met, education must be provided.

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