Tedeschi's Fitzgibbons Honored by New England C-stores

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Tedeschi's Fitzgibbons Honored by New England C-stores

Providence, R.I. – Charles E. Fitzgibbons, CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops, operators of more than 150 Tedeschi convenience stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut, was inducted into the New England Convenience Store Association’s Hall of Fame at a reception here Tuesday night prior to the trade group’s annual show.

Diane O’Donoghue, executive director of the association, inducted Fitzgibbons, who worked his way up from director of merchandising to CEO of the family-owned retailer. O’Donoghue applauded Fitzgibbons for his long service to the association and his support for legislative and government efforts on behalf of convenience retailers.

"I’m not sure I deserve this honor, but I am truly humbled by it," said a gracious Fitzgibbons, who noted that the convenience industry is one that is under constant attack by government and urged attendees to get more involved in supporting their industry. "We’re never going to win every battle," said Fitzgibbons, who had previously announced plans to retire later this year. "But, I guarantee we won’t win any battles if we don't get involved."

About his retirement, Fitzgibbons said he will follow the advice of one well-wisher, who in an email, sent him a quotation: "Life is not about trying to avoid the storm; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

"If you see someone dancing in the rain, it will probably be me," he concluded.

Also honored with the association’s Legislative Leadership award were two other executives: Paul Samar, executive vice president, Drake Petroleum Co./Xtra Mart, and Ari Haseotes, president and COO, of Cumberland Farms.

A special gift was also presented to retiring NECSA board member Peter Panagoplos, president of Chanty Inc.

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