Georgia Association of Convenience Stores

News & Announcements

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    Q & A With DOL Commissioner Mark Butler

    ​Thursday, October 1st Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler set aside over an hour of his time to chat with convenience store retailers across the state to discuss various pressing labor issues.  Topics included unemployment benefits, appeals process, rate increases, false claims, etc…  Thank you Commissioner Butler for your hard work and leadership during this unprecedented time!  

    (Click on the heading to see a video of the presentation)

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    NACS New Age Verification Webinar

    ​August 20, 2020, GACS co-sponsored a webinar for members regarding NACS New Age Verification Software Program. Click on the above title to get more details or visit NACS Daily for more!  


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    Parker’s Awarded Industry’s Top Honor

    ​June 26, 2020

    Parker’s, an award-winning, nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader, was recently named the CStore Decisions 2020 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, earning the convenience store industry’s top award. This annual award recognizes a convenience store or petroleum chain that has established itself as a superior retailer, innovator and market leader. Parker’s is the 31st winner of this prestigious award and will be honored at The NACS Show in Las Vegas in October 2020.

    “For many years, the entire team at Parker’s has been recognized as one of the hardest working groups in the industry,” said John Lofstock, vice president and editor-in-chief of CStore Decisions. “Their dedication to detail, outstanding customer service programs and constant evolution as a convenience retailer make them the perfect choice to join the elite list of Chain of the Year honorees. Coupled with its outstanding leadership team that begins with founder and CEO Greg Parker, Parker’s has earned a reputation as a special company that cares for its team members, customers and the communities it serves. For its commitment to convenience retailing, customers and its team members, Parker’s exemplifies the spirit of the Chain of the Year Award, and we are proud to recognize them with this coveted honor.”


    Previous Chain of the Year award winners include Wawa, Sheetz, RaceTrac, QuikTrip, QuickChek and Maverik.


    Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Parker’s is one of America’s most respected convenience store brands with the cleanest retail stores in the industry. The company currently operates 66 stores in coastal Georgia and South Carolina and recently announced plans to build 60 new retail locations in 60 months.

    Over the past two years, Parker’s has expanded into the metro Charleston, S.C. market, opening eight new stores and announcing plans to build 32 more stores over the next four years. The company has also expanded its focus on foodservice and operates 42 Parker’s Kitchen locations serving freshly prepared, Southern-inspired food. Food and Wine recently named Parker’s one of America’s Best Convenience Stores, and The Shelby Report honored Parker’s as the 2019 Southeast Retailer of the Year. Convenience Store News previously recognized the company as the Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year.


    Over the past several years, Parker’s has also implemented cutting-edge technology designed to enhance the customer experience and to digitize operations. Highlights include expanded food-ordering kiosks, self-checkout lanes, a new Parker’s Rewards mobile app and investing in “smart applications” to increase operational efficiencies.  


    Parker’s also gives back to every community where it does business through the Fueling the Community charitable giving program, which donates a portion of gas sold at all Parker’s locations on the first Wednesday of the month to area schools, healthcare facilities and other important causes. To date, the company has given more than $7 million in local charitable donations.


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    Moore Colson and GACS host Paycheck Protection Program Webinar

    June 15, 2020

    Moore Colson is joining with the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) to host a webinar to explore the PPP forgiveness application and how to calculate


    loan forgiveness.  Register now for your opportunity to learn what you need to know 

    to develop a financial action plan moving forward and set your c-store up for a faster recovery. 

    REGISTER NOW to attend.

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    GACS President Angela Holland tapes Podcast for American Society of Association Executives

    ​April 8, 2020

    GACS President Angela Holland was recently invited to participate in a podcast produced by the American Society of Association Executives.  The podcast focused on ways associations go beyond their missions to solve important societal problems.  The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores was the 2019 recipient of the Power of A Summit Award, the highest award given by ASAE.  The award recognizes associations whose initiatives have an impact across America.

    Listen to the podcast here.

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