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    GACS 2020 Legislative Day a Tremendous Success

    On January 28th GACS held their annual Legislative Day at the Georgia Capitol which included meetings with Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, and Governor Brian Kemp.  GACS members used these meetings and others that were held that day as an opportunity to express their concerns on challenges facing the C-Store industry and to stress their position on several issues and pieces of legislation that are being discussed in the current session.  The day ended with a reception for the Legislators hosted by GACS at the Sloppy Floyd building.   Click here for more photos from the day.

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    Now Accepting Applications for 2020 GACS Scholarships!

    ​January 20, 2020

    GACS is now accepting applications for over $25.000 in scholarships to be awarded later this year.  Scholarships are available to employees and dependents of employees of GACS members.  Click here for information on submitting your application.

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    Power of A:  Doing Good on the Road

    By Mark Athitakis / Oct 15, 2019

    (Alena Paulus/Getty Images)

    during a strategic planning session in 2016, Angela Holland, CAE,

    president of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, agreed with a

    young professionals group that said one organizational focus of GACS

    should be philanthropy. But what would that look like? Thinking about

    the Super Bowl a few months later, Holland had a clear answer.

    The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores wins a few battles in the fight against human trafficking.

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    Altria’s IQOS Tobacco Device Debuts in U.S.

    October 8, 2019​

    ATLANTA—Altria has brought IQOS to the United States at last. On Friday, the tobacco company will officially unveil its heat-not-burn product at the new IQOS store in Altanta, CNBC reports. After more than two years of regulatory paperwork, IQOS provides a nicotine rush like cigarettes but with fewer toxins.

     “It’s perfect timing,” said Michael Lavery, an analyst at Piper Jaffray. “I don’t think they would have expected some consumer uncertainty around vapor coinciding with the launch of IQOS in the U.S.”

     In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the go-ahead for Altria to sell IQOS in the United States under marketing regulations to ensure only adults use the device. Altria and Philip Morris International developed IQOS together, then Philip Morris continued the work once the two companies separated in 2008. Philip Morris debuted IQOS in Japan and Italy five years ago, with the device now in 49 markets. Altria has the licensing agreement to market IQOS in the United States.

     In Russia and Japan, IQOS has become popular, but it has yet to catch on in the United Kingdom and Canada. IQOS uses real tobacco, heating the leaves rather than burning them, which doesn’t ignite the chemical process smoking does that releases harmful toxins.

     Altria will only sell the devices at its own kiosks and stores, but IQOS heatsticks will have a wider distribution. The company has plans to open a second store in Atlanta in a few weeks, plus have mobile stores in the city and popup kiosks in convenience stores.

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    GACS Founder Calvin Thomas “Tom” Griffith Passes Away

    Calvin Thomas “Tom” Griffith, born May 30, 1931, passed peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on September 30, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. He was predeceased by parents Malcolm and Ruby Lee Cain Griffith; brothers Carlton and Lamar. Mr. Griffith is survived by his loving and ever-patient wife, Mimi Griffith, after 65 years of marriage. “Pops” also leaves his legacy to his son Mike (and his spouse, Victoria) with children Clayton, Chase, and Austin—spouse, Halee—(and their mother, Ginger); his son Brian (and his spouse, Cathy) with children Robert—spouse, Meg—and Tyler; his son Steve; his son Chris (and his spouse, Allyson) with children Lauren and Will; his brother Cecil; Two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.

    Mr. Griffith was a Yeomen Third Class, serving in the United States Navy beginning in May 1950. He was Honorably Discharged in March 1954. In 1951 Mr. Griffith, Member of Ye Royal Order of “Blue Nose”, served on the USS LST 980 crossing the Arctic Circle on June 17, 1951.

    A true Athenian, Tom graduated from Athens High and attended the University of Georgia where he became a highly successful business entrepreneur. From delivering groceries on his bicycle in his early childhood to being an original founder of Golden Pantry Food Stores, Inc. in 1965. Recognized by his peers by becoming President/Founder of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores and President/Chairman of the National Association of Convenience Stores and became the First Southeast convenience store inductee in the Food Industry Half of Fame. Heavily interested in the political arena he served on the board of the Business Council of Georgia, served as Chairman of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, served as a Board Member of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, served as the President of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, appointed Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp, Governor’s Staff by Governor Roy G. Barnes, and participated on multiple civic charities and organizations. Mr. Griffith was awarded the Key to the City of Athens, Georgia by Mayor Nancy Denson on the 50th anniversary of Golden Pantry Food Stores. An avid golfer and gin player, his proceeds will be missed by ALL.

    >The family will receive friends and well-wishers between 5:30pm and 7:30pm on Thursday, October 3 at Lord and Stephens West (1211 Jimmy Daniel Rd, Bogart, GA 30622). A celebration service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, October 4th at Athens First United Methodist Church (327 North Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601).
    In lieu of flowers the family asks that you send a donation to Extra Special People (E.S.P.): Extra Special People, Inc.- 189 VFW Dr, Watkinsville, GA 30677 or online at

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