JERSEY CITY, N. J. — Everyone these days seems to want a piece of the "convenience" pie. Big-box retailers are scaling down to small boxes that consumers can navigate more quickly and easily. Drugstores are adding fresh food and beverages to their traditional health and wellness mix. And grocery stores are increasingly offering online ordering with home delivery or at-store pickup.
With competition coming from all angles, it's more important than ever that convenience stores set the bar on what "convenience" is and how it's delivered to today's harried shoppers. This means innovating in both store design and product offering on a continuous basis.
The winners of this year’s Convenience Store News Store Design Contest do just that. From Champlain Oil's Jiffy Mart store strategically built to serve customers in both New Hampshire and Vermont, to PDQ Food Stores' newest location where the design philosophy was to "keep it simple" with an intuitive and fluid floor plan, these award-winning designs are original and modern.
The CSNews design awards, now in their ninth year, honor convenience retailers 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's chain winners are:
Best Original Design
Winner: Kangaroo Express; Fayetteville, N.C.
Honorable Mention: Jiffy Mart; Walpole, N.H.
Best Interior Design
Winner: PDQ Food Store; Madison, Wis.
Honorable Mention: Jiffy Trip; Newkirk, Okla.
Sky's the Limit Remodel
Winner: Slovacek's; West, Texas
Honorable Mention: RaceTrac; Hampton, Ga.
Best Mid-Budget Remodel
Winner: Meiner's Market; Desoto, Kan.
Honorable Mention: American Center; Madison, Wis.
Best Low-Cost Remodel
Winner: BP to go; Chicago
Best Beer Cave
Winner: Fuel Maxx; Spring, Texas
Best Cold Vault
Winner: Fuelmart; Perrysburg, Ohio
Best Growler Station
Winner: Fast Eddy's; Meridian, Idaho
Winner: Murphy USA; El Dorado, Ark.
Honorable Mention: NOCO Express; Tonawanda, N.Y.
Look in the November and December issues of Convenience Store News for profiles on each winner.