Saskatoon

Royal flush: Drivers vote Co-op washrooms best in country

A national gas pricing website has named Co-op gas stations as having the best bathrooms in Canada.

GasBuddy compiled millions of gas station ratings, Co-op ranked in 1st place

GasBuddy.com has named Co-op gas stations as the best in the country. (CBC/Supplied by Federated Co-operatives Limited)

A national gas pricing website has named Co-op gas stations as having the best bathrooms in Canada.

On Tuesday, GasBuddy released its list of top-rated gas stations across Canada. The company scoured its list of more than three million gas station ratings and reviews submitted through the GasBuddy app.

"I think people are pleasantly surprised when they see a gas station washroom that is clean and that is maintained," said spokesperson Jessica Prouty. "So, consumers feel like they need to share that information."

Unsurprisingly, Co-op is flushed with pride at the accolade.

"I'm so proud," said Federated Co-operatives Limited associate vice-president of customer experience Leah Andrew.  "I think it's really a testament to the work that our local Co-ops put into making sure that their facilities are top notch."

A look inside a modern Co-op washroom. (Supplied by Federated Co-operatives Limited)

The ranking placed Co-op gas stations ahead of other gas station chains, including Canadian Tire, Shell and Esso.

While primarily known for tracking and reporting gas prices, GasBuddy also allows users to submit ratings of gas stations, rating everything from lighting to the coffee they serve.

Co-op gas station washrooms received an average rating of four stars out of five on the app, besting its competitors.

Co-op said its locations, while locally run, pride themselves on clean bathrooms.

"We've long known that customers really come to visit our stores or our gas bar sites for one of two reasons: either the location is convenient or it's because we've got a clean washroom," said Andrew.

According to GasBuddy, only 30 per cent of its gas station washroom reviews are positive.

There are 478 Co-op gas bars and convenience stores located across western Canada.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.