CN Brown Company Supports the MDA of Maine

MDA Shamrocks Tradition Thrives in Maine;  C.N. Brown’s Big Apple Convenience Store Raises $83,000 to Help Maine Families Fight Muscle-Debilitating Diseases

More than 76 Big Apple Convenience Stores throughout Maine and New Hampshire teamed with customers to raise $83,000 to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that limit strength and mobility during the 35th annual MDA Shamrocks program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

“Each year, C.N. Brown and Big Apple Store employees and customers open their hearts to make a big difference through the simple act of selling or purchasing an MDA Shamrock,” said Ashley King, Executive Director of MDA Maine. “We’re grateful to everyone who participated and we’re honored to have the People of C.N. Brown’s support of MDA’s mission to help local families affected by these muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.”

From February 20th to March 17th, Big Apple Stores participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program in which customers and associates purchased an MDA Shamrock at check-out for a $1, $5 or a larger contribution at check-out. Each Shamrock was signed by the customer and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.

Since first teaming up with MDA in 1985, C.N. Brown and its customers have raised nearly $6 million dollars to help MDA provide the families it serves with critical resources and support to fulfill life goals.

This year, the MDA Shamrocks program united tens of thousands of retail locations throughout the country to benefit the organization’s shared mission to fund groundbreaking research across diseases and provide individuals with life-enhancing programs and support services, including state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care the MDA Care Center at Maine Medical Partners Neurology in Scarborough.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 90 area kids where they can experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Camp Agassiz Village in Poland, Maine.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at

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Convenience Store News Rising Star, Brandi Cushman

Atlanta, GA, October 19, 2016 – CN Brown Company’s Brandi Cushman was celebrated at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, during the annual NACS convention.  Brandi Cushman was recognized as one of twenty-one Rising Stars by the Convenience Store News editorial staff in conjunction with the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and the 2016 Top Women in Convenience Advisory Board.  Brandi was nominated by her peers drawing from her achievements during the last 12 months.  Nominators were asked to illustrate the candidate’s innovative corporate initiatives, extraordinary financial and strategic accomplishments, astute problem solving acumen, exceptional performance and selfless charitable participation, along with other attributes that go above and beyond the call of duty.  As one of two category managers at C. N. Brown Company, Brandi manages a variety of categories, including tobacco.  She is a 20 year veteran with 77 C-Stores in Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont.  Brandi is recognized each year for her work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association as she and her team coordinate an annual event, the C. N. Brown Company Miracle Ball.  C. N. Brown Company would also like to give an additional shout out for Brandi’s efforts on our Annual Golf Tournament and Trade Show.  We are honored to have Brandi on our team!


Picture taken at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, CNN Center, Wednesday, October 19th

CN Brown Company’s Corporate Office Employee of the Year 2015: Pat Tibbetts


Pat  answers the phone and welcomes visitors to the Corporate Office.  She gives the first impression of C N Brown Company, and what an impression it is!  She is the poster child for professionalism, positive attitude and hospitality.  From the appearance and mannerisms she chooses for herself,  the voice she sends across the phone line to those calling in, to the hospitality she extends to visitors, Pat is an excellent representative of CN Brown Company.

Pat is an invaluable asset to the company, and we are so lucky to have her!

Congratulations on a job well done, Pat!


Customer Appreciation Event, Mattawamkeag, ME

On Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th our Mattawamkeag  Maine location hosted a Customer Appreciation event.  This location was rebuilt in early 2016 and is the home of our Big Apple Store and CN Brown Heating Oil office.  Over 1,400 customers attended the event over the two day period.  Big Apple Uncle Rick t-shirts and popcorn were given away as a thank you to the customers; plus several deeply discounted items.  The CN Brown team had fun with the prize wheel which was onsite for all customers to spin & win a prize!

CN Brown Company thanks all our loyal customers that attended this fun event.  We appreciate your loyalty to our company!

Pictured below:  Store Manager, Gail Seavey, and Territory Managers, Kyle Frith and Nikki King.


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Big Apple Store in Poland with McDonald’s


Ian is six years old and lives at 240 Pigeon Hill Road Mechanic Falls, Maine, just up the hill from the newest Big Apple and McDonald’s. He goes to Elm Street School in Mechanic Falls and is in the 1st grade. One of his favorite past times is getting Nannie and Poppie to bring him to McDonald’s for the ever famous cheeseburger happy meal. He has been watching every day as the buildings have gone up and very animatedly lets his Nannie know every detail as he sees it. He considers the Poland McDonald’s his own personal close to home restaurant!


Thank you to the Dave & Lisa Berry, along with their grandchildren, for being our first Big Apple Food Store Customers, December 18, 2014.

A special thank you to Ian for being our ribbon cutter!