CONVENIENCE STORES

  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 14, 2009 1:55 PM GMT
    Convenience stores... it seems like we can't do without them these days, from the purchase of gas and other "immediate need" items to even stamps
    and deli items.

    I find them sort of interesting. In Wichita, the convenience store chain that ranks at the top is Quik Trip (QT), their people are well trained, the locations clean, neat and manicured. While the people there sometimes can be a little impersonal at times, they are the best.

    Whats unfortunate are some of the other convenience stores, the "wanna be"
    QT (like "Kwik Shop" in Kansas that are making some progress) and the lower end traders like "Total" and a few others. Those places sport facilities that many times are dirty, people who are less than cordial and professional and seem to attract like people.
    Is this my imagination? I'm always amazed at my perceived difference in
    people that frequent .. which.. convenience stores.

    Whats the scene with these stores in your area?
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    Mar 14, 2009 3:15 PM GMT
    I live in an area that has the convenience store chain Kum & Go. Usually they're pretty dirty, and lots of homeless people hang around them poking for quarters from those who have them. The Kum & Go that's closest to where I currently live, a lot of motorcyclists (specifically colleged-aged) tend to chill there. They sit on their bikes with their women tugging at their sides.

    Casey's General Store is probably my favorite. Sadly I don't think there is any where I live. They make great pizza (which unfortunately I no longer choose to eat). It's damn greasy. For the most part they are well kept--older folks tend to loiter in this store and sip on their fresh coffee that just came off the pot.

    BP. Pretty average, pretty small.

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    Mar 14, 2009 3:27 PM GMT
    The QT is great. They're one of the few places that has Diet Mountain Dew in the fountain. A good clean similar one back in Virginia (and I think there are several in the northeast, too) is WaWa.
  • Bunjamon

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    Mar 14, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    Convenience stores in Quebec are called d├ępanneurs and you can buy almost anything there. They're all independantly owned (mostly by immigrant families) and they're really cheap. Plus there's one on nearly every corner. I usually only buy phone cards and cheap wine there, though.
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    Mar 14, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    The stores out here are okay. The one closest to my house seems to have a nice staff though one guy may be in a good mood or not. I give him slack on his attitude due to that it seems he is bored with his job. Some of the customers I have been waiting in line behind I can understand. He will seem frustrated but not verbally show it.
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    Mar 14, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    I miss the QT! We just have the bodegas here in NYC, which vary greatly in quality and quantity of stocked items.
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    Mar 14, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidConvenience stores in Quebec are called d├ępanneurs and you can buy almost anything there. They're all independantly owned (mostly by immigrant families) and they're really cheap. Plus there's one on nearly every corner. I usually only buy phone cards and cheap wine there, though.


    That is completely opposite of convenience stores in the US! Here (at least where I live), pretty much everything with the exception of drinks is really high. Cans of soup that normally cost 70-80 cents at a grocery store, cost close to a 1.50 at a convenience store. Other things such as medicine, stationary supplies, and snacks are also expensive. In my area, the majority of convenience chains are BP stations.
  • zakariahzol

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    Mar 14, 2009 5:13 PM GMT
    The American chain convienience store that are really big in South East Asia , just got to be 7 eleven. If I am travelling to Thailand and some part of Malaysia. I always shop for food stuff there. It so convience and customer friendly. And yes, you can also get your supply of condom there.
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    Mar 14, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    I never go into a convenience store. I am surprised to hear that some "can't do without them"
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    Mar 14, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    1969er saidThe QT is great. They're one of the few places that has Diet Mountain Dew in the fountain. A good clean similar one back in Virginia (and I think there are several in the northeast, too) is WaWa.


    More than several in the Midlantic zone. Wawa OWNS c-stores in this region! Pretty much blew 7-11 out in the 70s. I have been impressed in my travels by QTs too - the Wawa of the South as I call them!
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    Mar 14, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
    Caslon9000 saidI never go into a convenience store. I am surprised to hear that some "can't do without them"


    Ditto.

    I have buddies who seldom leave home w/o a stop at a 7-11 for a couple of gallons of gas or a soda or something.

    I just tell myself it's good for the economy.

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    Mar 14, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    Here in the LA area, we have 7-11 of course. And most of the big name gas stations here have a pretty decent convenience store attached to the station. And some have fast food chains attached too. And there are plenty of mom-n-pop type liquor stores spread though out neighborhoods.

    Another thing we have here is Famima. It's actually a convenience store chain from Japan. They've opened up a few locations here. They're kinda struggling right now but some locations are doing well. They offer an interesting selection of snacks and drinks. I just wish there were more of them around.
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    Mar 14, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
    Wawa = King. Quick Chek is pretty good too but I don't think that exists very many places outside of NJ. I don't visit convenience stores too often, but those are the ones that stick out in my mind.
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    Mar 14, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    Least we not forget Sheetz - a Wawa of the West (in metro Philly)