Channel: Independents

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QuikTrip adds new menu items, flexible ordering to QT Kitchens concept. Here's a look at the chain's latest.
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Today’s convenience-store forecourt is rapidly transforming into a commercial enterprise, making filling one’s tank a merely utilitarian function. More exciting—and potentially more lucrative—is mobile-friendly dispenser technology that seeks to integrate the fuel island with the store and draw more motorists inside.
Johnson's Corner TravelCenters of America TA Petro travel centers (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations / Truck Stops / Truckstops)
Mergers & Acquisitions News
Converting Colorado location to Petro; will maintain restaurant and bakery
Thorntons Refreshing Rewards (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)
Offers personalized discounts based on visits
produce fruit vegetables (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)
General Merchandise
Fresh, value-added fruits, vegetables show dollar sales growth at retail in Q2 2014
Kalibrate (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations / Technology)
Fuels Technology & Equipment
Launches new brand, comprehensive cloud offering, more
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An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But apples priced at only 99 cents a pound, six organic romaine hearts advertised at $5, and a pound of ground turkey for $1.99 keep the customers coming back in droves. At least that’s the hope—and hoopla—fueling Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, an upstart grocery chain that’s looking to steal thunder from fresh-food- centric stalwarts such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s and carve out a healthy niche in the Midwest.

What Do Consumers Find Most Important When Buying Food at a C-Store?

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Food quality and taste are crucial to the c-store foodservice decision-making process. Nine out of 10 c-store foodservice users say the quality and taste of the food are the most important factors when deciding which c-store to visit. A comparable number assigned similar rankings to pleasant, friendly service and a convenient location.

Experience Attributes, C-Store Foodservice Visitation

Attribute Important Very important
Taste/flavor of food 39% 52%
Quality of food 38% 52%
Pleasant/friendly service 51% 39%
Convenient location 42% 48%
Kitchen/prep area is clean 33% 56%
Order accuracy 43% 45%
Quality of beverages 45% 43%
Quality of takeout food 45% 43%
Good value through low prices 48% 40%
Speed of visit 50% 38%
Prices in line with similar stores 51% 35%
Good value through quick, quality service 46% 39%
Handles check/payment in timely fashion 51% 34%
Bathroom is clean 35% 50%
Variety of food/beverage items 49% 36%

Source: Technomic