LAS VEGAS -- You know times are changing when local governments are asking convenience retailers to build a store within their city limits. That’s what happened to Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes when execs were planning the company’s new 6,700-square-foot prototype in Brewerton, N.Y.
This is just one of the stories you’ll hear during Ideas 2 Go, one of the most popular sessions at the NACS Show. Beyond a look at Nice N Easy’s bodacious new store, this year’s roster of retailers offers much food for thought about the future of convenience.
NACS has been producing Ideas 2 Go for nearly 20 years. This year’s program will be shown at 10 a.m. during the NACS Show general session Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Here’s a preview of some of the featured retailers:
A bar in a convenience store? (We think it’s about time.) You can find it at the Pinnacle Station Local Market in Rogers, Ark., in a busy intersection near Bentonville. The store also offers foodservice options such as fresh-baked pizza and an impressive salad bar.
Scott Zaremba, whose Zarco 66 has been lauded for offering alternative fuels for nearly five years, has added a drive-thru to his operation and sees it as a necessity in other stores going forward. In July, he became the first U.S. retailer to blend E15 at the pump.
Savannah, Ga.-based retailer and industry stalwart Greg Parker has had great success with his use of the LIFT suggestive-selling technology in three stores.
The aforementioned Nice N Easy store serves as a local grocery hub for residents. The company also has two chefs who visit that store and the rest of the company’s locations with foodservice samples.
From May through October, Papa’s Healthy Food & Fuel in East Otis, Mass., may not look like a typical c-store--because it’s not: A farmer’s market pops up there every Saturday during those mild months. And the rest of the year? Well, it still doesn’t look like a typical c-store. The shelves are stocked with multiple organic items year-round, including fruits and vegetables, coffee and even dog food.