Convenience Store News

NOV 2014

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WWW.CSNEWS.COM | Store of the Future 3 Editor's Note between a Chevron ExtraMile store and a Pilot travel center. • The Neighborhood Market — Tampa, Fla.-based retail design firm api(+) examines the future of retailers that seek to serve both the every- day and fill-in shop- ping needs of a new generation of custom- ers. The Neighborhood Market would probably have a family orientation; possibly be located in more urban locations; and might be a hybrid of a small grocery/gourmet food store — somewhere between a Walmart To Go, a Giant Eagle Express and a Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppe. • The Forecourt of the Future — Fort Worth, Texas- based design firm Paragon Solutions looks at the future evolution of retailers that operate travel pla- zas and other high-traffic locations. These retailers would likely be leaders in incorporating the latest new fuels and technology, such as various blends of ethanol, natural gas, hydrogen fuel, electric vehicle chargers, at-the-pump marketing and/or food- ordering technology, forecourt infotainment, etc. Finally, we conclude this special edition with a story on how technological innovation will change the con - venience store shopping experience of the future. I hope you enjoy our look into the crystal ball. CSN W hat will the "convenience store" look like a decade or more from now? In this special edition, Convenience Store News taps some of the top thought leaders and design firms in the nation to give readers a peek at how the convenience store will evolve during the next several years and how it will serve a changing cus- tomer base in America. Just like today, where we see many different types of c-store models in action, we think the future will be composed of different types of c-stores, each focused on different aspects of the convenience experience and on different customer archetypes. We've organized this special issue around four dif- ferent c-store models (stores of the future will likely incorporate aspects of all four of these basic types): • The Convenience Restaurant — Westport, Conn.- based retail branding and design firm King-Casey provides us with the "blueprint" for what The Convenience Restaurant might look like. This store can be viewed as the future evolution of retailers that want to be like Sheetz and Wawa, and compete with the quick-service and fast-casual restaurants. • The Refueling & Refreshing Center — King Retail Solutions, a design firm based in Eugene, Ore., shows us the possible evolutionary devel- opment of c-store retailers that want to target on-the-go, mobile consumers, Millennials, blue- collar workers and multicultural consumers. The Refueling & Refreshing Center might be a cross FutureStore Convenience Store News presents multiple visions of the convenience store of the future For comments, please contact Don Longo, Editorial Director, at (201) 855-7606 or [email protected] 2013 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award Best Single Issue, October 2012 2013 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award Finalist, Best Profile, August 2012 2008 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award Best Single Issue, October 2007 2013 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2012 2011 Silver Eddie Award, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2010 2011 Silver Eddie Award, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Best Single Article, October 2010 2009 Gold Ozzie Award, Folio: magazine Best Use of Illustration, October 2008 2009 Silver Eddie Award, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2008 2009 Bronze Eddie Award, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Website 2007 Silver Ozzie Award, Folio: magazine Best Use of Typography, November 2006 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors, Midwest Regional Bronze Azbee Award Best Editorial/Commentary, July 2012 2010 American Society of Business Publication Editors, Northeast Regional Silver Azbee Award Feature Article Design, November 2010 2010 Trade Association Business Publications Intl. Tabbie Awards Honorable Mention, Front Cover Illustration, October 2009 2009 Trade Association Business Publications Intl. Tabbie Awards Gold, Front Cover Illustration, February 2008 Honorable Mention, Best Single Issue, October 2008 CSNews has been recognized with more editorial awards, including the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award for business journalism, in the past six years than any other industry publication.

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