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    This Year's Best-Designed C-store Chains Are...

    CSNews Store Design Contest honors 10 retailers delivering a unique experience.

    NATIONAL REPORT — It's one thing to have an attractive store that grabs the attention of motorists driving by. It's another thing to have an attractive store that delivers an in-store experience unlike anything else consumers have ever encountered at a convenience store. The winners of the 2016 Convenience Store News Store Design Contest achieve both — with flair.

    Now in its 11th year, the awards program honors new and rebuilt c-stores whose designs excel in areas such as branding, interior layout, use and effectiveness of signage and logos, and exterior property and landscaping. Construction or remodeling of eligible stores must have taken place between January 2015 and April 2016.  Winners were selected based on innovation, creativity, and the positive impact of the design and/or remodel on the retailer's overall business.

    This year's honorees, spanning six categories, are:

    BEST ORIGINAL DESIGN

    Winner: Kum & Go LC, Johnston, Iowa
    Designer: CBX & BRR Architecture

    Honorable Mention: Parker's, Ridgeland, S.C.
    Designer: api(+)

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    BEST INTERIOR DESIGN

    Winner: Grab.n.Go Food Mart, Marshall, Texas
    Designer: Paragon Solutions

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    BEST SKY'S THE LIMIT REMODEL  

    Winner: All-N-1, Campti, La.
    Designer: Paragon Solutions

    Honorable Mention: Dirt Cheap, O'Fallon, Mo.
    Designer: Paragon Solutions

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    BEST MID-BUDGET REMODEL

    Winner: Tang Mart, Attalla, Ala.
    Designer: Paragon Solutions

    Honorable Mention: Lone Star Food Stores, Van Alstyne, Texas
    Designer: Paragon Solutions

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    BEST TRAVEL CENTER DESIGN

    Winner: Kwik Stop, Peosta, Iowa
    Designer: Hussmann

    Honorable Mention: Kings Mahwah, Mahwah, N.J.
    Designer: Bolla Oil Corp.

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    BEST INTERNATIONAL DESIGN

    Winner: ZOOM, Dubai, United Arab Emeritus
    Designer: Emirates National Oil Co.

    Editor's note: Beginning Monday, Nov. 21, check out CSNews.com daily for a different profile and photo gallery spotlighting each winner.

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