Links in the Family Chain at QuickChek

The ubiquitous convenience store QuickChek turns 50 this month, but the chain’s New Jersey roots stretch way back to 1888, when Augustus Durling founded Durling Farms in Whitehouse Station. To sell their dairy products directly, Augustus’s grandson Carlton opened the first QuickChek in 1967. Ten years later, Carlton’s son Dean started working around the store. “Even before I could drive, I would ride my bicycle to the milk company and catch a ride on a truck down to our store, where I stocked shelves,” says Dean Durling.  Today, Dean is CEO and two of his sons have joined the family business. In 2016, Convenience Store Decisions magazine named QuickChek national convenience store chain of the year.

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