A new report recently published the cold hard facts that C-Stores are strengthening their programs and improving the quality of their food significantly…often at the expense of traditional quick-service restaurants.
The segment grew by about 2 percent in 2009. Many of the leaders in this segment are Sheetz, 7-Eleven, WaWa, Circle K, Cumberland Farms, and Quik Trip. These companies are investing in prepared foods and traditional retail merchandise that blurs the line between grocery stores, c-stores, and QSR’s.
Not only is the menu changing, but many of the operators listed here have also upgraded their store decor packages and include both ready to eat and ready to eat meals.
I had mentioned earlier that Walgreens was starting to ramp up their prepared food offerings. Finally we should start seeing fresh, wholesome food inside of convenience stores instead of the 2-day old hot dogs and frozen mystery meat burritos!