In addition to customized menu selections that are higher-quality, C-stores are also changing their physical environment to become more of a dining destination. Touting qualities like made from scratch, fresh baked, artisanal and organic, C-stores now have the same ability to provide fresh, healthy foods as traditional dining locations.
When it comes to serving quality food, the lines have definitely blurred as C-stores are now competing for the same customer as other restaurants and dining operations.
IDEAS FOR TRADITIONAL OPERATORS:
Develop and market a menu designed for the time-pressed patron, featuring only items that are quickly delivered to guests. Train employees to be sensitive to the time constraints when guests order from this menu.
Maintain a small supply of ready-made items that are pre-packaged for takeout and market this option to guests. This is especially beneficial during the morning breakfast and afternoon lunch hours.
Refresh your Grab-and-Go appeal by offering a DIY coffee or tea refill station. This can be offered as a free refill option or utilized at an up-charge.
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