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Whether creating new profit centers or effectively displaying traditional items, convenience stores are upping the ante in how they merchandise products.

 
 

 

 

 Grocery/produce

 
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • U-Gas/Dirt Cheap (U-Gas Inc.)
    U-Gas recognized early on that a fresh and healthy foodservice offering was not only a trend, but a long-term strategy. Its GiGi’s Café Express and commissary has allowed both U-Gas and the company’s other brand, Dirt Cheap, to execute its fresh and healthy foodservice program (Ballwin, MO). (2016)
     
  • Throx Market Station (Throckmorton Enterprises Inc.)
    The store has high-end food, a protein shake program and plenty of unique better-for-your items, but it is the community spirit that sets Throx apart. (Winchester, VA). (2016)
     
  • Sheetz (Sheetz Inc.)
    This is the first modern location for Sheetz without gasoline or parking, with a complete focus on the food and beverage offering. The nearly 15,000-square-foot location is “a giant sandbox” to experiment and develop programs to redefine the company. (Morgantown, WV) (2015)
     
 

 Packaged beverages

 
  • 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)
     
  • Throx Market Station (Throckmorton Enterprises Inc.)
    The store has high-end food, a protein shake program and plenty of unique better-for-your items, but it is the community spirit that sets Throx apart. (Winchester, VA). (2016)
     
  • Fuel City
    It’s a gas station, car wash, acclaimed taco destination a general place of curiosity with a swimming pool and livestock like longhorns and donkeys. Most of all, it’s wildly successful. (Dallas, TX). (2016)
     
  • Knowing Your Customers
    Targeting customers means targeting the look and offer at specific stores. Featured companies: Ricker Oil Co. (Anderson, IN), Foskel’s Food ’N Fuel (Marion, IA) and Holiday Stationstores (Bloomington, MN). (2005)
     
  • New Twists on Traditional Offerings
    From new store concepts to a DMV at a convenience store to carwash subscriptions, new ideas abound. Featured companies: Holiday Stationstores (Bloomington, MN), Priya Corp. (Brookfield, WI), NexStore MarketPlace (Boca Raton, FL), Manley’s Mighty Mart (Binghamton, NY), Bobby & Steve’s Auto World (Minneapolis, MN), Tooley Oil Co. (Sacramento, CA) and The Parker Companies (Savannah, GA). (2005)
     
 

 Beer

 
  • 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)
     
  • High Country Market & GastroPub
    Owner Zahir Walji is one of a few level two sommeliers in the region, and he sells 30 of the top 100 rated wines in the country. But there is much more to this high-end gastropub/gas station, where even its own unique black truffle and rosemary ketchup is made from scratch. (Round Rock, TX). (2016)
     
 

 Coffee/tea

 
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Sheetz (Sheetz Inc.)
    This is the first modern location for Sheetz without gasoline or parking, with a complete focus on the food and beverage offering. The nearly 15,000-square-foot location is “a giant sandbox” to experiment and develop programs to redefine the company. (Morgantown, WV) (2015)
     
  • The Cube
    The prototype drive-thru convenience store offers customers a way to shop for a range of items without leaving their cars. The store has a full kitchen, fresh foods and online ordering, and takes advantage of a small lot that doesn’t work for other retail formats. (Norman, OK) (2015)
     
  • RaceTrac
    The company has a strong commitment to “the RaceTrac way” — to make people’s lives simpler and more enjoyable. A big part of that commitment is achieved through the RT6K — a new concept (Smyrna, GA) that with has refocused the company and what it delivers. (2014)
     
 

 Private Label

 
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Marine Corps Exchange
    ​The Marine Corps Exchange is a convenience store within a much larger store, allowing customers to enjoy both convenience and one-stop shopping. (2012)
     
  • Tedeschi Food Shops
    ​This store showcases the company’s latest concepts, with a focus on one-stop shopping and upscale foodservice. (2011)
     
  • Kwik Trip
    ​Kwik Trip has expanded its selection of healthy food in its fresh case and bakery as part of its commitment to offer more healthy options along with exceptional customer service. (2011)
     
 

 Car Wash

 
  • 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)
     
  • Fuel City
    It’s a gas station, car wash, acclaimed taco destination a general place of curiosity with a swimming pool and livestock like longhorns and donkeys. Most of all, it’s wildly successful. (Dallas, TX). (2016)
     
  • The Cube
    The prototype drive-thru convenience store offers customers a way to shop for a range of items without leaving their cars. The store has a full kitchen, fresh foods and online ordering, and takes advantage of a small lot that doesn’t work for other retail formats. (Norman, OK) (2015)
     
  • Lenny Dykstra’s Car Wash
    Former baseball All-Star Lenny Dykstra created what he calls “The Taj Mahal of Car Washes,” which includes a convenience store (Corona, CA). (2004)
     
 

 New profit centers

 
  • 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)
     
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