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    CSNews Honors Fourteen C-store Chains for Design Excellence

    NOCO nabs Best Original category in eighth annual Store Design Contest.

    By Linda Lisanti, Convenience Store News

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- As the convenience store industry continues to elevate its offerings, consumers are continuously elevating their expectations. Some might say they're becoming "convenience connoisseurs."

    C-store retailers, as a result, are churning out new stores that are larger than ever before, made with higher-quality materials than ever before, offer more products and services than ever before — and perhaps most importantly, tap into the spoken and unspoken desires of customers.

    This year, the Convenience Store News Store Design Contest honors 14 c-store chains that are reinventing the corner store and redefining what a c-store should be.

    The CSNews design awards, now in their eighth 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 winners are:

    Best Original Store Design
    NOCO Express
    Lancaster, N.Y.
    Owner: NOCO Inc.
    Designer: Paragon Solutions Inc., TRM Architects

    Best Original Store Design, Honorable Mention
    Orlando, Fla.
    Owner: Wawa Inc.
    Designer: CBX

    Best Interior Design
    Corner Store
    Harris County, Texas
    Owner: CST Brands Inc.
    Designer: Antista Fairclough

    Best Interior Design, Honorable Mention
    Bolla Market
    Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Owner: Bolla Management Corp.

    Sky’s the Limit Remodel (more than $250,000)
    Jubitz Travel Plaza
    Portland, Ore.
    Owner: Jubitz Corp.
    Designer: Paragon Solutions Inc.

    Sky’s the Limit Remodel, Honorable Mention
    Raleigh, N.C.
    Owner: Holmes Oil Co.
    Designer: Paragon Solutions Inc.

    Best Mid-Budget Remodel ($100,000 to $250,000)
    Edgewater, Md.
    Owner: High's of Baltimore LLC
    Designer: L2M Architects

    Best Mid-Budget Remodel, Honorable Mention
    Rio do Sul and Curitiba, Brazil
    Owner: Idaza Distributor Petroleum Ltd.
    Designer: Gabriela Cervi, Gge Design

    Best Low-Cost Remodel (less than $100,000)
    Earth Market
    Frankfort, Ill.
    Owner: Atlas Oil Co.
    Designer: Xcel Construction, Paragon Solutions Inc., GSP Marketing

    Best Low-Cost Remodel, Honorable Mention
    Bogota, Columbia
    Owner: Organizacion Terpel
    Designer: CBX

    Best Green Design
    Southside Works GetGo
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Owner: Giant Eagle Inc.
    Designer: Strada Architecture

    Best Fountain Presentation
    Garden City, Ga.
    Owner: The Parker Cos.

    Best Exterior Design
    Chevron #9-7645
    Gardena, Calif.
    Owner: United Oil Co.
    Designer: Kevin Oreck Architect Inc.

    Best Cold Vault
    Fast Stop
    Spring Hill, Tenn.
    Owner: Highland Corp.
    Designer: Paragon Solutions Inc.

    Look in the September and October 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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