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NEW YORK -- Following an overwhelming response in 2007, Convenience Store News' microsite dedicated to the NACS Show—www.csnewsattheshow.com—is back with even more new and improved featured to enlighten both show attendees and those not present with all the aspects of the show, from coverage of educational sessions, workshops and speeches to the Expo floor and new products, along with Chicago area entertainment and useful guides.
In its third year, CSNews at the Show was enhanced with a number of new features to help visitors make the most of their time in Chicago. Now, any attraction, hotel, restaurant or Chicago area landmark listed on the site can be viewed in Google Maps, allowing NACS Show attendees the ability to get directions to where ever they desire, while also allowing them to virtually explore the area surrounding their accommodations. As in the past, the site features listings of area attractions and entertainment, restaurants, NACS Show hotels, area transportation, golf courses, nightclubs and more.
Back for its second year on the microsite is a Virtual Store Tour designed by CSNews staff to showcase five outstanding retailers in the Chicago area—two 7-Eleven franchisees who were previously White Hen operators, a recently rebranded ampm and two Parent Petroleum stores. Through the Web site, visitors can view exclusive photos of each store and information about the locations.
For those who will attend the show, turn-by-turn driving directions to each store is provided through Google Maps, allowing NACS Show attendees to venture on their own time to visit these successful Chicago c-stores.
Also on CSNews at the Show is the industry's longest-running blog—'Spare Change.' Created to be a platform for industry dialogue, visitors can view posts by CSNews and read comments by their peers. By registering with a username and e-mail address, guests can also comment on any issue presented in the blog, or even create their own on the 'Your Two Cents' post.