The tobacco category is undergoing upheaval as cigarette sales decline and other tobacco products move in to lap up the leftover market share. E-cigs, vapor, cigars, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own—they’re all demanding more attention, requiring a more purposeful, permanent place in the store landscape.
Stone Drug is an enigma in the modern retail landscape. It has thrived for more than 50 years by exploring cutting-edge technological innovations while keeping one foot firmly rooted in the past. Its pharmacy is as high-tech as they come, but its old-fashioned soda fountain and time-tested customer service are a welcome blast from the past.
If you’re passing through St. Regis, Mont., it’s hard to not stop. If the billboards advertising huckleberry milkshakes aren’t enough to make you pull in, the look of the place just might. The St. Regis Travel Center’s fun signage promoting its gift shop, restaurant, casino and aquarium are enough to make passersby hit their brakes and go inside.
On the Western city limits of Charlottesville, Va., is the c-store deli of your dreams. As the flagship store of Tiger Fuel Co., Bellair Market has attracted widespread attention for its delicious sandwiches and local product offering.
Convenience store retailer Blaine Bacher is always innovating, weaving different industries together in creative ways. WagsPark Shell, his convenience store in Cincinnati, is situated on the edge of Bacher’s private dog park, drawing customers and marketing inspiration from the dog theme. It’s also home to a one-of-a-kind foodservice station and a budding craft-beer growler franchise.