Convenience stores are more popular than ever among consumers, as many people are interested in grab-n-go food and beverage options that are, well, convenient. C-stores that can diversify the range of products and services they offer will put themselves in a position to be more competitive in the current business environment, and certainly in the future when the electric vehicle movement will require longer stops along our highways.
In 2018, U.S. convenience stores boasted their 16th year in a row of record-breaking inside sales. The National Association of Convenience Stores reports that over 153,000 stores nationwide are offering food, merchandise, and fuel to approximately 160 million customers every day, which equates to roughly half the population of the U.S. served every day.
Saving money. This is one of the most important tasks any convenience store energy manager can achieve. After all, if you're saving energy, you're saving money.
One thing's for sure. Now more than ever before, c-store trends are driven by one factor more than all the others. We like to say the customer is always right, but when it comes to convenience stores, it is.
In recent years, convenience stores have become a foodservice destination. The convenience store, once serving as a quick stop to grab a candy bar or a soft drink, has transformed into an amalgam of coffee shops, quick-service, and fast casual restaurants. Busy consumers are looking for convenience and quality when it comes to foodservice, and c-stores are more equipped than ever to provide just that.