Schuylkill Valley Sports, based in Pottstown, Pa., is focusing on its customers’ shopping experience by creating visually appealing stores and emphasizing its employees’ product knowledge. 

The company opened its first location in 1971 in the Audubon Shopping Center in Audubon, Pa., as a full-service sporting goods retailer. Today, the company has 20 store locations serving eastern and central Pennsylvania with high-quality merchandise from the top manufacturers in athletic equipment, footwear and apparel. “It’s easier to say what we don’t carry and that is items for hunting, fishing, bowling, biking and golfing,” Director of Apparel and Licensed Products John DeMaria says. “We carry the full-line of sporting goods for the main sports.” 

After 55 years in business, quiktrip is confident in its operation of the convenience store and gas station formats. Since opening its first store in 1958, the Tulsa, Okla.-based company has grown to a national company with 667 locations in 11 states and $10 billion in revenue. 

QuikTrip continues to grow and renew its physical presence, with an average of 55 new locations and replacement buildings built each of the past few years. Much of its recent growth is in North and South Carolina, markets it initially entered in 2011 and now has 35 stores operating in, with 15 more slated to open before the end of 2013. 

When visiting patients in hospitals, people often stop first in its gift shop. It is at that point where Lori’s Gifts has the chance to make a sale and an important first impression, CEO Kim Schuler says.

“We are a direct reflection of the hospital,” she says. “In today’s competitive healthcare market, all avenues must be managed to best reflect the image of the hospital and the gift shop is no exception.

As an independent bookseller, Joseph-Beth Booksellers has dealt with a great deal of change in recent years. But the company believes it has a strong foundation and offers a unique experience that can help it grow in the future.

“We’re one of largest independent booksellers in the United States,” President and CEO Mark Wilson says. “What makes us unique is our store-within-a-store concept.” 

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