Convenience Store News

NOV 2016

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48 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2016 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM cover story Best t ravel Center Design Winner: Kwik Stop, Peosta, Iowa Designer: Hussmann Looking for an innovation interior design for its new location in Pesota, Iowa, Rainbo Oil Co. reached out to design firm Hussmann to create a travel center with an emphasis on fresh store bakery and prepared foods — in a unique, yet utilitarian retail environment. With a modest Midwest budget, the design philosophy was to "keep it simple," while creating floor plans that are intuitive and fluid. Utilizing the interior wall structures and creating a comple- mentary color palette, the retail and service areas were defined. The process did come with some challenges, including cre - ating a transaction that would accommodate essentially four entries into the store. Now achieved, the transaction provides Kwik Stop employees with the opportunity to extend greetings to their customers of both the c-store and the Fazoli's restaurant that they also operate. As the end result shows, the store is open enough for the customer to visualize the entire merchandising area from just about anywhere, once they step inside. The majority of the focus has been placed on the made-to-order food program. Best m i D -Bu D get r em OD el Honorable Mention: Lone Star Food Stores, Van Alstyne, Texas Designer: Paragon Solutions Bill Douglass, the head of his family-owned business Douglass Distributing, had an 8,250-square-foot convenience store in Van Alstyne, Texas, in desperate need of remodeling. He desired a clean, contempo- rary design that was warm, inviting and tied into the local community. Douglass worked with design firm Paragon Solutions and his daugh- ter Diane McCarty to come up with a store that would make both of them proud. The interior is comprised of Texas colors — red, blue and white — with complementary neutrals and a repeated star logo. Also inside the store, modern pale stone finishes and brushed nickel accents combine with medium-brown/dark cabinetry. Similar to glowing gems, opulent red pendant lights hang over the expansive counters. And to help cement the local community bond, a mural above the coolers is comprised of photos taken in the Van Alstyne area by Lone Star staff. Adding even more sparkle, red glass tile with an opal sheen can be found wrapping its way around upper counters and backsplashes. During the daytime, steeped skylights perform double duty as points of interest and additional lighting. Store amenities include a beer cave, Subway restaurant, and a Burger King restaurant with contemporary seating and ample natural light flooding the space.

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