Founded in Holland in 1932, SPAR is now the world's most international food retail chain, with 13,600 stores in 33 countries and is the UK's leading convenience store
group, with a national turnover in excess of GBPounds GBP2.
I have seen a convenience store
with islands so close together that only one car could fit between them.
As the number of smaller operations proliferates, many convenience store
chains apparently view the move towards increased fast foods as essential.
Figure 23: Average amount spent on last convenience store
visit, summary, January 2009
Favorable Environment for Convenience Store
Nearly six in 10 consumers (59%) and seven in 10 of those age 18-34 (70%) say that convenience stores
offer food that they feel comfortable eating.
LA Top Distributor points out that this competition puts pressure on wholesalers to provide the lowest prices possible for convenience store
supplies so the stores can remain competitive.
Now more than ever is the perfect time for convenience store
operators to expand their private label offerings.
Those who said their first job was at a convenience store
were even more positive about the experience: 96% say that the work experience was valuable and 95% say that they learned a lot about the world of work.
CSX has the largest database of by-month financial and operating data of convenience store
and petroleum marketing chains in the industry.
Kum & Go is currently the seventh-largest privately held convenience store
While Subway and McDonald's have locations built into some convenience stores
, capitalizing on convenience and foot traffic, more progressive c-store chains are developing and integrating their own branded restaurants into existing stores, transforming the perception of purchasing prepared food at a convenience store