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The recession only helped this convenience store chain grow. With land, construction, and materials costs down, they have been able to expand their operations. "Everybody else was looking at their books to cut back and save, and we took advantage of it," says Quiktrip spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh. The company currently has 44 stores under construction and every full-time and part-time employee can easily be transferred to another part of the company or store if a location shuts down.

The company says it tries to manage its risks well and that every decision they make is based on long-term results. "We also believe a little bit of luck goes a long way," says Thornbrugh.

By Caitlin Keating, reporter @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 20 2012: 6:56 AM ET
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