In June 2013, CST hosted a grand opening for its largest Corner Store to date, a 10,100 square-foot Travel Center in Three Rivers, TX, a bustling agricultural and oil field community in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale. CST’s strategy is to build more new stores from the ground up, allowing for larger, more spacious stores with award-winning interior design and a larger selection of hot and cold food and beverages.Inside the stores, CST added 14 new items to its line of signature, private-label products, while also growing sales in Corner Store’s popular, fresh-baked goods, selling over 1.2 million whoopie pies and 4.6 million kolaches in 2013. Capitalizing on the popularity of its whoopie pies, the company outfitted a food truck to introduce more fans to the sweet treats at festivals and events in the markets CST serves. In the U.S., CST’s Corner Stores sell Valero fuels and a line of nearly 200 signature products under brand names such as U Force sports and energy drinks, Fresh Choices baked and packaged goods, Cibolo Mountain coffee and Flavors2Go soft drinks. In Canada, CST is the exclusive provider of Ultramar fuels and its Dépanneur du Coin and Corner Stores sell signature Transit Café coffee and pastries. In October, Fortune named Bowers one of its 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and on Dec. 3, 2013, CST executives and board members traveled to New York to ring the bell on Wall Street and open trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In April of this year, the New York Times featured her management insights in its “Corner Office” column. “CST’s growing reputation for success is due to our over 11,000 hardworking Team Members who strive to make every visit to Corner Store a pleasant one for our customers,” Bowers said.
Community service remained a priority for the new company, organizing diaper drives for women’s shelters and volunteer opportunities for Team Members at nonprofit organizations, as well as raising money for flood and wildfire victims in Colorado and victims of a train derailment in Quebec earlier this year. Each year, Corner Stores across the nation collect millions each year for the Children’s Miracle Network and Muscular Dystrophy Association while stores in Canada raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation.In August 2014, CST will roll out the Country Run presented by Corner Store, an 8-city series of 5K Run/Walk events to raise money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and for local children’s charities in each market. “I am extremely proud of the successes and the many firsts we experienced in our inaugural year as a public company,” Bowers said. “As we celebrate CST Brands’ first anniversary, we must continue to work hard to evolve the Corner Store brand, create shareholder value, and, of course, delight more customers every day by going above and beyond their expectations.” CST Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CST) is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST employs nearly 12,000 Team Members at nearly 1,900 locations throughout the Southwestern United States and Eastern Canada offering a broad array of convenience merchandise, beverages, snacks and fresh food. In the U.S., CST Corner Stores proudly sell Valero fuels and signature products such as Fresh Choices baked and packaged goods, U Force energy and sport drinks, Cibolo Mountain coffee, FC Soda and Flavors2Go fountain drinks. In Canada, CST is the exclusive provider of Ultramar fuels and its Dépanneur du Coin and Corner Stores sell signature Transit Café coffee and pastries. For more information about CST, please visit cstbrands.com.