2015 Top 100: Why Casey's is the No. 8 fastest-growing chain

This is part of Nation's Restaurant News’ annual Top 100 report, a proprietary census ranking the foodservice industry’s largest restaurant chains and companies by sales and unit data, among other metrics.

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc. rose to No. 57 in the Latest Year ranking of U.S. systemwide sales, from No. 61 the Preceding Year.

The C-Store chain was founded in 1959 by Don Lamberti, who leased a store from his father in Des Moines, Iowa, and nine years later remodeled it into a convenience store. A subsequent store in Boone, Iowa, took the initials of Lamberti’s friend, Kurvin C. Fish, and produced Casey’s. The company now has about 1,880 un

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