NYACS to Honor 'New York's Foremost Convenience Store Families'

Recognition Ceremony May 15 at NYACS Trade Show

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ALBANY, NY (04/01/2014)(readMedia)-- The search is on for "New York's Foremost Convenience Store Families."

It's a recognition program being launched by the New York Association of Convenience Stores in conjunction with its upcoming 2014 Trade Show, the theme of which is "We Are Family."

"We're saluting the family-operated enterprises that give vitality and strength to New York's convenience store industry," said NYACS Chairman Devin Spencer of Alta East Inc.

Families from across the state who own, operate, supply or service neighborhood mini-marts and convenience stores may nominate themselves. The first 10 to be designated by NYACS as one of New York's Foremost Convenience Store Families this year are:

From the Sidebottom family of MWS Enterprises Inc., operating Arrow Mart and Yellow Goose stores across the Buffalo-Niagara region, to the Hawke family of Strong Oil Co., operating in easternmost Long Island, New York's convenience store industry abounds with family-run businesses.

"Independent mom-and-pop stores are still the heart and soul of our industry," said Spencer. "And many of our chains grew from a single store founded years ago by family members who are still contributing to the company's success. We're equally proud of the number of family-run suppliers and service providers in our membership."

During a ceremony at NYACS 28th annual Trade Show on Thursday, May 15, at the Oncenter in Syracuse NY, honorees will receive a commemorative "Foremost Family" plaque.

Eligibility criteria includes:

- The business is headquartered in New York State.

- At least two members of the family are actively engaged in the business on a full-time, ongoing basis.

- The family has owned, operated and/or managed the business for at least three years prior to March 1, 2014.

- The business is a member of NYACS in good standing.

Nominating deadline is April 15. For a nomination form, as well as details about the Trade Show, visit www.nyacs.org.

Headquartered in Albany, NYACS is a private, not-for-profit trade organization that leads, safeguards, and forges a favorable environment for New York State's diverse community of neighborhood convenience stores by delivering vital knowledge, a unified voice on legislative and regulatory issues, and ways to share ideas, address common challenges, and build relationships.