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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Convenience Store News is now accepting entries from both convenience store chains and single-store owners for its annual Store Design Contest, now in its 11th year. The program honors new and rebuilt c-stores whose designs excel in areas such as interior layout, use and effectiveness of signage and logos, and exterior property and landscaping.
This year, awards will be presented separately to chains and single stores in eight different categories, based on the scope of the project and the store's overall look.
Award categories for 2016 are:
- Best Original Store Design (a new build)
- Best Interior Design (a new build)
- Best "Green" Design
- Best Low Cost Remodel (less than $100,000)
- Best Mid-Budget Remodel ($100,000 to $250,000)
- "The Sky's the Limit" Remodel (more than $250,000)
- Best International Design
- Best Travel Center/Truck Stop Design
Best International Design and Best Travel Center/Truck Stop Design are new categories introduced this year.
Entries will be accepted through July 1. There is a handling fee of $125 for chains and $75 for single stores for each entry. Construction or remodeling of eligible stores must have taken place between January 2015 and April 2016.
All entries must include a completed official entry form; a brief description of the store; design/remodel objectives; challenges and results (i.e. sales, customer traffic, etc.); and before and after images. Multiple entries by one company in each category are permitted as long as the designs are different and unique.
Click here to access the 2016 online entry form.