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Indie Innovators

Indie Innovators

MIKE FOGARTY

“Perishable products—fruits and vegetables—are a destination category. We allocate 150 square feet to 100% locally grown organics, with 30 different fruits and vegetables in all. We ...

Indie Innovators

DEE DHALIWAL

“When we founded the American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association (a coalition of California independent operators), we realized the need to make a difference for the small guy to thrive. Reta...

“It’s important to develop professional relationships with your city councils as well as zoning committees. At the same time, it’s great to get involved in supporting events and orga...

“With local networking, establish a strong and ongoing line of communication with county and local people (elected and law  enforcement). I make sure that city mayors (in the counties they ...

“In terms of planning events, I recommend two things: When selling an idea and putting it into action, keep your talking points simple and succinct—the who, what, where, why and when of the event. Thi...

They might lack deep pockets, but independent convenience retailers have one built-in advantage over large, well-capitalized chains: They can make decisions more nimbly and with less red tape, executi...

Technology is constantly expanding the potential for delivering convenience. Two newer concepts—Amazon’s cashierless Amazon Go and Tesla’s supersized Supercharger stations—are ...

Moroccan-spiced goat burgers with a roasted tomato and olive tapenade is not something you’d see at the typical country gas station, but then Saxapahaw General Store never claimed to be one.&ldq...

Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola were mere college students at Drexel University in Philadelphia when they noticed the flaws in everyday c-stores.“[The stores] left a lot to be desired,” Il...

It says something about the uniqueness of Mendez Fuel’s offer that another retailer first wanted to franchise it, then buy its proprietary cold-pressed juices, then partner with it. Owner Michae...