C-Store Leaders Call For Reinvention
Many c-store leaders at the NACS Leadership Forum argued that convenience store chains need to adapt or meet their makers. One example: Igal Zamir, president of Tennessee-based MAPCO Express, whose company operates 372 c-stores in seven states, said industry challenges include channel blurring, the reinvention of drugstores as a convenience destination for women, flat fuel consumption and declining cigarette profits. He said C stores must adapt to consumers shifting from soft drinks to energy and healthy drink solutions. He cited Duane Reade, a division of drugstore giant Walgreen Co., as the c-store industry's biggest competitor.