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Country Fair Celebrates Customer Service

ERIE, PA – Practically everyone in Erie knows someone who has worked at Country Fair. The business, which was founded in Erie in 1965, and is still headquartered here, has over 1,400 employees. To show its appreciation for their hard work, Country Fair annually hosts a two-day employee customer service recognition event.

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“I’ve been working for Country Fair for 25 years,” said 81-year-old Judith Emig, of Store 58 in Cochranton, PA. “I’ve got regulars who come in every morning for coffee and laugh that they thought I’d retired.” Emig had been an assistant store manager before her ‘retirement.’ “I’m still there part-time because I like it,” she added.
At the other end of the spectrum is 18-year-old Gabrielle Schultz, of Store 45 in Linesville, PA. “I needed a job and my store manager is awesome,” she said. “Making subs and wraps is hard, because of all the choices, but I like it the best,” she added.

Country Fair works hard to recruit and retain its associates, said Paul Rankin, Vice President of Retail Marketing, “We’re pleased to provide a workplace that people value. The picnic offers a chance for associates to socialize, relax, and enjoy a day off.” Raffles for prizes big and small, a photo booth, line-dancing, a dunking booth, and a variety of fresh, local food were enjoyed by all.
Country Fair is the only convenience store on Forbes Best Mid-Size Employers—2019. It was selected based on an independent survey of more than 50,000 employees in 25 different industries working for companies of at least 1,000 people.

Details about Forbes Best Employers and the list of finalists in all categories are available here: The award is presented by Forbes, a global media, branding, and technology company, and Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data. For more information about Country Fair, visit


Steve Seymour, Director of Personnel
Country Fair, Inc.
(814) 898-1111 ext. 287