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    CSNews Celebrates the Best in Chain-Store Design

    Ninth annual Store Design Contest recognizes 14 innovative retailers.

    By Linda Lisanti, Convenience Store News

    JERSEY CITY, N. J. — Everyone these days seems to want a piece of the "convenience" pie. Big-box retailers are scaling down to small boxes that consumers can navigate more quickly and easily. Drugstores are adding fresh food and beverages to their traditional health and wellness mix. And grocery stores are increasingly offering online ordering with home delivery or at-store pickup.

    With competition coming from all angles, it's more important than ever that convenience stores set the bar on what "convenience" is and how it's delivered to today's harried shoppers. This means innovating in both store design and product offering on a continuous basis.

    The winners of this year’s Convenience Store News Store Design Contest do just that. From Champlain Oil's Jiffy Mart store strategically built to serve customers in both New Hampshire and Vermont, to PDQ Food Stores' newest location where the design  philosophy was to "keep it simple" with an intuitive and fluid floor plan, these award-winning designs are original and modern.

    The CSNews design awards, now in their ninth year, honor convenience retailers who have created the most exciting, innovative and shopper-friendly looks for their stores. Entries are judged on innovation, creativity and the positive impact of the overall design on the business.

    This year's chain winners are:

    Best Original Design

    Winner: Kangaroo Express; Fayetteville, N.C.

    Honorable Mention: Jiffy Mart; Walpole, N.H.

    Best Interior Design

    Winner: PDQ Food Store; Madison, Wis.

    Honorable Mention: Jiffy Trip; Newkirk, Okla.

    Sky's the Limit Remodel

    Winner: Slovacek's; West, Texas

    Honorable Mention: RaceTrac; Hampton, Ga.

    Best Mid-Budget Remodel

    Winner: Meiner's Market; Desoto, Kan.

    Honorable Mention: American Center; Madison, Wis.

    Best Low-Cost Remodel

    Winner: BP to go; Chicago

    Best Beer Cave

    Winner: Fuel Maxx; Spring, Texas

    Best Cold Vault

    Winner: Fuelmart; Perrysburg, Ohio

    Best Growler Station

    Winner: Fast Eddy's; Meridian, Idaho

    Best Graphics

    Winner: Murphy USA; El Dorado, Ark.

    Honorable Mention: NOCO Express; Tonawanda, N.Y.

    Look in the November and December issues of Convenience Store News for profiles on each winner.

    By Linda Lisanti, Convenience Store News
    • About Linda Lisanti Linda Lisanti is editor-in-chief for EnsembleIQ's Convenience Store News. In this role, she is responsible for content development across all of CSNews' print and online properties, with a specialty in coverage of the foodservice category in convenience stores. Lisanti has more than 13 years of experience in the journalism field. After working as a reporter for several daily newspapers, she joined CSNews as a staff writer in August 2005 and held senior writer, senior editor and executive editor positions before becoming editor-in-chief in August 2014. Lisanti has a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from Rowan University.

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