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Podcast: C-Stores, COVID-19 and the Economy

Inside the industry’s hiring woes and economic hurdles during the pandemic

Note: This podcast was recorded before the $600 unemployment benefit ended on July 31. David Nelson no longer works with the Business Accelerator Team and is instead the founder of Seattle-based retail consultancy, Study Groups.

CHICAGO — When COVID-19 hit eight months ago, convenience-store traffic slowed, profits dropped and staffs kept shrinking. Today, foodservice offers have reopened, restrictions have softened and c-stores remain open. But the industry can’t get its employees back.

On this episode of At Your Convenience, CSP editor Brett Dworski breaks down the state of c-stores and the economy with David Nelson, senior partner for convenience-store and foodservice consultancy Business Accelerator Team, Scottsdale, Ariz. Listen as they discuss why c-store operators have struggled to hire and retain employees admit the pandemic, fuel trends during the past few months, and much more.

This episode is being released in conjunction with CSP’s October cover story, Why Is Hiring So Difficult Right Now?

At Your Convenience” brings industry experts and analysts together with CSP editors to discuss the latest in c-store news and trends. From mergers and acquisitions to foodservice and technology, the podcast delivers the story straight to listeners in short-format episodes, perfect for the morning commute or a quick break at the office.

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