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FriendShip Kitchen Awarded Safe Shop Assured Certification

The Ohio-based convenience retailer is the first in the United States to be certified for its commitment to essential store safety measures.

Cleveland, OH – Safe Shop is pleased to announce that FriendShip Kitchen, the retail division of Fremont-based Beck Suppliers, is the first retailer in the United States to be awarded Safe Shop Assured certification.

From their humble beginnings in 1950, Beck Suppliers have been guided by Virgil Beck’s founding commitment to serve the community. FriendShip Kitchen is today one of Ohio’s largest family-owned convenience store chains, well known for their FriendShip Famous Chicken and a tradition of treating customers like guests in their own home. Their best-in-class stores serve communities with freshly-prepared food, friendly service, and a strong commitment to customer and employee safety.

“Our 70 year old, 4th generation family-owned company has always put safety first,” says Greg Ehrlich, president of FriendShip Kitchen. “We’re committed to the safety of our employees, our customers, and our neighbors. We are honored to be the first retailer in the United States to be certified as Safe Shop Assured. We look forward to having other retailers around the country join us. Now, more than ever, employees and customers need to know which companies maintain high health and safety standards.”

Safe Shop Assured certification may be earned by retailers who satisfy a nine-point checklist of essential safety measures. At FriendShip Kitchen, Safe Shop will be showcased through branded signage, floor distancing stickers, hand sanitizer stations, and more. Each touchpoint serves as a signal of the company’s commitment to implementing and maintaining high standards.

“FriendShip Kitchen is a natural fit for our certification program” says Frank Beard, director of Safe Shop. “They belong to a certain class of convenience retailers that are constantly innovating and raising the bar for the entire industry. They take a lot of pride in their business, and it shows. I’m proud to see Safe Shop branding at their stores, and it will help customers feel better about their decision to shop there.”

About Beck Suppliers and FriendShip Kitchen

Founded by Virgil Beck in 1950, Beck Suppliers, Inc. is a family owned and operated retail and wholesale petroleum marketer. The company distributes Marathon, Sunoco, BP, Shell & Valero motor fuels to independent retailers as well as to its company operated FriendShip Kitchen stores. Beck Suppliers also distributes propane and heating oil to thousands of Midwest homes and businesses. The company’s construction division specializes in the installation and removal of petroleum fueling systems as well as the installation, maintenance, support and operation of car washes. More at