Convenience Stores Anticipate Strong Summer Travel Sales

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Convenience store operators are gearing up for the summer travel season, saying that they are optimistic that sales will heat up this summer, led by a continuing growth of food, beverage and healthier snacking options at their stores, according to the results of a survey of convenience store owners conducted by NACS, the trade association that represents the convenience retailing industry.

More than three in four (77%) convenience retailers expect in-store sales to increase this summer compared to last year, and nearly half (46%) expect their fuel sales to increase compared to last summer.

The convenience factor rates high among retailers who say they expect sales to grow this summer: 73% cited their convenient location and 64% cited one-stop shopping for food, fuel and restrooms as a reason they expect to grow sales.

Retailers say that fresh food and healthy options will be central to growing sales during the summer months: 56% said sandwiches and meals will drive sales growth and 35% cited healthy packaged snacks. Fresh foods will drive summer sales at the Eaton Marathon in Graton, Ohio, operated by Armbruster Energy, while hot foods are expected to lead sales at Wood’s Food Center in Venice, Florida.

Beverages also will be an important part of the mix in growing sales: 61% expect to see energy drink sales increase, and a 49% expect an increase in bottled water sales.

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