Chairman of Sheetz Convenience Restaurants, Stan Sheetz, has been inducted into the Convenience Store News Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments in the convenience retail industry. The reception and dinner was recently held at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.
Sheetz received honors for his contributions to U.S. and international business, and his transformation of the company founded by his father Bob Sheetz, from a convenience store into a chain of more than 460 "convenience restaurants."
"My father's vision was to open 100 convenience stores and then he retired," Stan said, "The only way to predict the future is to create the future, and that's what we're trying to do."
Sheetz served as president and CEO of Sheetz from 1995 until this year. He retired from the position on Oct. 1 and was succeeded by his cousin Joe Sheetz. Under his leadership the company grew from 195 stores to a chain of 466, with annual revenues of $6.6 billion.
Stan is the second member of the Sheetz family to be inducted into the CSNews Hall of Fame, following his uncle Steve, who became a Hall of Famer in 1995.
During his acceptance speech, he recalled how he was drafted into the company by his father and company founder Bob Sheetz. He said the Hall of Fame Award really belongs to his dad because he stepped aside and allowed his son and other family members to take the business to new heights.
Launched in 1987 with the induction of Chester Cadieux of QuikTrip Corp., the CSNews Hall of Fame has recognized convenience store industry pioneers and innovators from retailer and supplier companies of all sizes.