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Forbes names Country Fair one of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers

Erie, PA  – Country Fair Incorporated, a chain of 71 convenience stores headquartered in Erie, PA, has been named one of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers of 2019 by Forbes, which recognized a total of 500 companies with more than 1,000 employees in the U.S. Survey participants were asked to give their opinions on a series of statements surrounding work-related topics including working conditions, salary, the potential for development and company image regarding their current employer.

America’s Best Employers were selected based on an independent survey where more than 50,000 employees in 25 different industries working for companies with at least 1,000 people employed in their U.S. locations were asked open-ended questions about their employer. The survey took place between September 17, 2018 – October 05, 2018. Forbes posted their results online April 17th, 2019.

Country Fair boasts over 1250 associates working in northwestern PA, western NY, and eastern Ohio. Country Fair greatly values its employees’ ability to deliver fresh locally produced convenience merchandise via top customer service to its customers every day! Country Fair has done their best over its 53+ years of existence to provide employees with an inclusive work environment that focuses on a customer service culture.

According to Paul Rankin, Vice President of Retail Marketing, “We encourage our staff to give excellent customer service to Every Customer Every Time they enter a Country Fair store.  In turn, we do our best to provide our associates with an atmosphere where they can learn and grow. We also offer some unique cultural events each year, including inviting everyone to our annual trade show to meet face to face with our vendor partners, and rewarding associates who exemplify excellent customer service by inviting them to an annual picnic.  Our management staff enjoys some of the greatest benefits in our industry.”

“We’re pleased to provide a workplace that people are proud enough to nominate us for such an award.  This award is especially gratifying to our Executive team because both Forbes and Statistica provide a unique forum where employer influence is impossible.  That means that the associates who were interviewed truly spoke from their hearts about our organization.”

Country Fair Inc. has been an integral part of the community it serves since 1965. Their most current community initiative is their “Pump for Charity” program where proceeds from every gallon of fuel pumped from designated charity pumps is given to five local charities.

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