Prior to the pandemic, the c-store had introduced fresh soup, stews, pizza, hot dogs from a roller grill and other entrees to their product line, but last March, they cut back to offering pre-packaged food only.
“When COVID hit, we had to stop everything where people used self-serve,” Marilynne explains. “And now, we don't have the facility to sell fresh food, since we only have one staff working at a time. We hope to start up again after the pandemic.”
The c-store’s customer base is split evenly between tourists passing through and local residents. Fas Gas’ loyalty card program, the Litre Log, offers savings on fuel, which attracts lots of people, she says, adding price-wise they are very competitive with bulk stations. Plus, they have a fleet card program (with volume discounts) and, as part of the planned renovations, will be adding a larger diesel fuel tank with saddle pump to fuel larger trucks.
The Brulottes are proud to support many grassroots charitable organizations in the community.
“We’re very busy and active in our business—we work six days a week, so we’re here all the time, but we really try to support anything that has to do with kids,” says Marilynne.
“We help the Elks, the Legion, the local schools and minor hockey teams. For us, this business is all about the people. It’s fast-paced, and you get to meet or catch up with people in the community. That’s what we enjoy the most.”