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Great, even gourmet, food has become common in convenience stores and there are plenty of innovations about how to offer high-quality foodservice.

 
 

 

 

 Delivery services

 
  • Casey’s General Stores
    ​In many small towns, Casey’s is a mom-and-pop shop, a gas station, a pizza parlor, a bakery and community gathering place. In 2011, it added pizza delivery, which increased sales and helped the company continue to redefine how they are all things to all people, especially in smaller communities. (2013)
     
  • Gourmet Gas Stations in Washington, D.C.
    Four Washington, D.C.-area gas stations — ​R&R Taqueria (Elkridge, MD), Fast Gourmet (Washington, D.C.), The Thai Pan (Leesburg, VA) and Seoul Food DC (Wheaton, MD) — are offering unique takes on gourmet food.  (2013)
     
  • The Corner Deli & Grill
    ​The Corner Deli delivers tasty meals at a very small but very busy Mobil gas station on Santa Monica Boulevard. (2012)
     
  • Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels
    ​The company is all about earth friendly fuels, innovative green technologies, great food and a marketing and social media program that ties everything together.  (2012)
     
  • Web & Kiosks
    You can order food at the pump at MAPCO (Brentwood, TN), inside the store at Rutter’s (York, PA), Tom’s (York, PA) or Shortstop Deli (Ithaca, NY) and at home from Cornell’s Bear Necessities (Ithaca, NY). (2006)
     
 

 Catering

 
  • Metro Market (Sprint Food Stores Inc.)
    Metro Market embraces the historical aspects of an old building with a modern offer, with the design and concept of being a place to hang out, study or host social and business events (Augusta, GA). (2016)
     
  • Flory’s Convenience & Deli (Flory’s Corp.)
    The two-story, facility features an old-time look and feel, with modern interior and exterior design elements and an upscale foodservice offer. To attract customers back after its grand reopening, Flory’s introduced a unique and successful morning gas price sale. (Fishkill, NY) (2015)
     
  • Han-Dee Hugo’s/Cravings
    The store (Duck, NC) delivers convenience shopping plus gourmet dining. In addition to a sit-down restaurant and an outdoor concert area, the store has the only drive-thru in town, where customers can quickly order gourmet food, including grab-and-go seafood pots. (2014)
     
  • El Carajo
    In addition to a traditional convenience store, there are three very unique elements at El Carajo (Miami, FL): the bakery café, the 2,500-plus bottle wine shop and the acclaimed international tapas restaurant. (2014)
     
  • The Market
    The Market, operated by Tiger Fuel Co. (Charlottesville, VA), represents a new business model that is less dependent on gasoline revenues and more focused on providing high-end proprietary foodservice. (2002)
     
 

 Healthy options

 
  • Gourmet Gas Stations in Washington, D.C.
    Four Washington, D.C.-area gas stations — ​R&R Taqueria (Elkridge, MD), Fast Gourmet (Washington, D.C.), The Thai Pan (Leesburg, VA) and Seoul Food DC (Wheaton, MD) — are offering unique takes on gourmet food.  (2013)
     
  • Maverik
    ​Maverik continues to innovate, whether sponsoring sports and outdoors activities, unique partnerships and acquisitions or introducing interesting new products. The idea is that adventure is everywhere. (2013)
     
  • Bolla Market
    ​The chain of 21 stores and a jobber system has adopted the tagline, “taking convenience to a whole new level” with foodservice and its organic, bird-friendly coffee. Its focus on the community was fully apparent in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. (2013)
     
  • Papa’s Healthy Food & Fuel
    ​The store is really three businesses: a traditional grocery, an organic grocery and an automotive shop/dealer that serve as the hub of the community — especially the farmers market that takes place every Saturday from May through October. (2012)
     
  • Duane Reade
    ​The Wall Street store has been called “the most upscale and exciting drugstore in the world,” featuring fresh sushi and a virtual greeter. The company also has transformed other stores to offer a new level of retailing for both convenience and traditional drugstore items. (2012)
     
 

 Gourmet meals

 
  • Kum & Go
    The company’s new marketplace design prototype has a variety of unique offerings for customers, especially around fresh, with the goal to create the store of the future for associates and for customers. (Johnston, IA). (2016)
     
  • Mendez Fuel (Mendez Fuel Holdings LLC)
    Mendez Fuel has a cold-pressed juices program for incredibly fresh smoothies and juices. And it also offers a variety of craft beers on tap as part of its growler program, including a new program with canned growlers (Miami, FL). (2016)
     
  • Metro Market (Sprint Food Stores Inc.)
    Metro Market embraces the historical aspects of an old building with a modern offer, with the design and concept of being a place to hang out, study or host social and business events (Augusta, GA). (2016)
     
  • Slovacek’s
    The unique architecture and quirky personality is the driving force drawing costumers in, but it’s Slovacek’s fresh baked goods, homemade meats and cheeses, gourmet sandwiches and unique merchandise that keeps customers coming back (West, TX). (2016)
     
  • Maxol/Applegreen
    Some of the most innovative ideas in store design and foodservice execution are in Ireland. At both Maxol and Applegreen food is first—plus a focus on design and making the store a destination (Dublin, Ireland). (2016)
     
 

 Sampling

 
  • Atlas Oil Co.
    The retailer uses a grand opening to build awareness around a new store concept that featured gas price discounts, radio station tie-ins, vendor giveaways, sampling and involving community leaders. (2013)
     
  • Lone Star Food Stores
    ​This high-volume store was featured in first Ideas 2 Go in 1994 and has since expanded to include a beer cave and post office. At the pump there are cash acceptors, multiple fuels, Lone Star Starlets and a vending system. (2012)
     
  • Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Inc.
    ​The company has a 6,700-quare-foot prototype that is part grocery store, part convenience store (they call it “modern convenience”). It is the most researched design in the company’s history – and redefines how to deliver convenience. (2012)
     
  • Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels
    ​The company is all about earth friendly fuels, innovative green technologies, great food and a marketing and social media program that ties everything together.  (2012)
     
  • Mac’s
    ​Mac’s is part of the second-largest convenience retailing company in North America, but it feels very local, from store design and sets to how it engages customers and makes a difference in the communities it serves. (2010)
     
 

 Food trucks

 
  • Outside the “Box”
    Convenience stores are increasing their convenience offer by going to the customer, with a mobile store at Inland Stores (Cairo, GA), a food truck at Shortstop Deli (Ithaca, NY) and full-service vending machines at Shop24 (Morrisville, NY). (2006)
     
  • Mac’s
    ​Mac’s is part of the second-largest convenience retailing company in North America, but it feels very local, from store design and sets to how it engages customers and makes a difference in the communities it serves. (2010)
     
  • Chef Point Café
    ​Five-star food in a gas station… fill ’er up outside, fill ’er up inside… white tablecloth dining without the white tablecloth. Describe it however you want, but most customers call the gourmet food inside the Conoco gas station “delicious.” (2010)
     
  • Gourmet Gas Stations in Washington, D.C.
    Four Washington, D.C.-area gas stations — ​R&R Taqueria (Elkridge, MD), Fast Gourmet (Washington, D.C.), The Thai Pan (Leesburg, VA) and Seoul Food DC (Wheaton, MD) — are offering unique takes on gourmet food.  (2013)
     
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