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    Future Store: The Neighborhood Market

    The vision of api(+) is a return to simplicity, convenience and locality.

    By Linda Lisanti, Convenience Store News
    Rendering created by api(+)

    TAMPA, Fla. — In the future, convenience stores will evolve into savvy neighborhood markets that listen to their customers whose voices say: give me local flavor; embrace my multichannel retail demand; create an experience that offers tantalizing variety; give me healthy, fresh meals on the go — and make all of this easy and convenient.

    In November, Convenience Store News will present a special edition of the magazine centered on the question: What will the "convenience store" look like a decade or more from now? The c-store industry's leading media brand is partnering with some of the top thought leaders and design firms in the nation to give readers a preview at how the convenience store will evolve over the next several years and how it will serve a changing customer base.

    Just like today where we see many different types of c-store models in action, the future will be composed of different types of c-stores, each focused on different aspects of the convenience experience and on different customer archetypes. C-stores of the future will likely incorporate aspects of all four of these basic types: The Convenience Restaurant; The Refueling & Refreshing Center; The Neighborhood Market; and The Forecourt of the Future.

    Here, we provide a sneak peek of The Neighborhood Market. For this future store type, CSNews called on Tampa-based design firm api(+) to present its vision.

    Tom Henken, vice president and director of design for api(+), said small-format shops of the future will highlight sensory experiences to engage shoppers through tasting, smelling, touching and seeing. Increased competition — the ability for consumers of the future to eat virtually almost anywhere — will dictate that c-stores put forward an experience.

    "Food should be all about enjoyment," he explained.

    api(+) envisions the Neighborhood Market concept consisting of, among other things:

    • Smart technologies, eliminating the need for a checkout line.
    • Café-like environments.
    • Areas that cater to chef-driven cuisine in competition with fast-casual dining.
    • Interactive programs that sell products in all their forms — raw, prepared and packaged.

    Check out CSNews.com all this week for sneak peeks of each Store of the Future prototype.

    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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