Convenience Store News

NOV 2014

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52 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2014 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM new customers, and the increased floor space allows us to not feel claustrophobic during the busy times." Sales and customer traffic have increased compared to the previous year's figures. F ast Eddy's in Meridian was already a busy store, but its operators thought it was time for a change — and what a change it turned out to be. Plans called for replacing the store's 1,800 square feet of retail floor space with a new design featuring nearly 6,000 square feet. Taking a starring role in the sky's-the-limit remodel is the new Growler Station, which serves up 24 different beers on tap. By increasing the floor space, Fast Eddy's owners also made room for more roller grills (now four) and additional soda fountains (now three, each with 16 heads and eight flavor shots). Fast Eddy's enhanced its foodservice offerings as well, with fresh- made sushi delivered daily by a local sushi retailer and two hot cases for ready-to-eat food. In addition, the retailer upped the number of pay points from three to five, and expanded its wine selec- tion from slightly less than 100 bottles to more than 300 after the remodel. The main challenge was simply getting everything to fit into the store. "Not being a ground-up build, we had to make adjustments and compromises to make every- thing work," said owner Steve Eddy. "The results have been great with the Growler Station drawing in a lot of BesT grOWler sTaTiOn Winner: Fast Eddy's, Meridian, Idaho

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