Casey's General Stores, Inc., headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa, owns and operates over 1,900 convenience stores in 14 Midwestern states. The stores offer self-service gasoline, a wide variety of grocery items, and prepared foods, such as made-from-scratch pizza and donuts, chicken tenders, and sandwiches. Casey's operates its own distribution centers, delivering approximately 90% of in-store products as well as approximately 75% of the fuel sold at our stores.
The first stores opened in 1968 in small towns throughout Iowa. Approximately 57% of all of our stores are located in areas with populations of fewer than 5,000 persons, while approximately 17% of our stores are located in communities with populations exceeding 20,000 persons. The company has a strong balance sheet and owns nearly all of its assets, enabling it to take advantage of growth opportunities.