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NATIONAL REPORT -- As the convenience store industry at large continues to open bigger, brighter, friendlier and more fresh-food-oriented stores, so too do the industry's single-store owners as they strive to meet the needs of today’s on-the-go, mobile consumer.
The Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner Store Design Contest, now in its fourth year, honors single-store operators 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, we honor nine single-store owners — our most yet — who have introduced new or remodeled stores that are redefining what consumers expect from a convenience store.
This year's winners are:
Best Original Store Design
Winner: Warrior Fuel, Santa Ana, N.M.
Honorable Mention: Eddie's, Fort Worth, Texas
Best Interior Design
Winner: Smiley's, Huntsville, Texas
Honorable Mention: Jarrell Town Center, Jarrell, Texas
Best Low-Cost Remodel
Winner: Guaranty RV Travel Center, Eugene, Ore.
Honorable Mention: Monvalle Gas Station, Itapema, Brazil
Best Hybrid Design
Winner: Fare & Square, Chester, Pa.
Best Beer Cave
Winner: Gas N Wash, Mokena, Ill.
Best Car Wash
Winner: Tanforan Shell Car Wash, San Bruno, Calif.
For profiles on each winner, look in the October issue of Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner.