Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Leon Stafford reports this morning on the National Association of Convenience Stores in Atlanta this week for its annual convention.
Convenience store gas stations are feeling the pain of high gas prices, Stafford writes, explaining, “About 30 percent of sales come from customers coming in to buy cigarettes, lottery tickets and snack foods. . . .When gas prices go up, store sales go down because more motorists pay at the pump and skip going inside the stores.”
Amid the razzle-dazzle of vendors displaying their latest and greatest at the annual meeting, Stafford discerns that prepackaged sandwiches — a longtime favorite of convenience stores — are being replaced by panini, fresh doughnuts and baked breads.
But will that drive customers inside?