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Gas prices were what consumers noticed most at convenience
stores in 2013, but they also noticed more stores offering prepared
and healthy food options, according to a December 30 NACS consumer survey ( www.nacsonline.com/gasprices).
One in five consumers (20%) said they noticed more c-stores
offering prepared foods and 11% said stores offered healthier food
and snack choices such as salads, nuts and fruits.
Consumers (15%) also noticed changes to store aesthetics, such
as remodeling to improve attractiveness. Younger consumers were
more likely to notice these improvements and were also likely to shop
more. Nearly one in five (17%) of consumers age 18 to 34 say that
they bought more items inside a convenience store than last year.
n EXCERPTS FROM THE ANNUAL
COMING IN MARCH
FUTURE OF FUELS REPORT
n 2014 NACS RETAIL FUELS REPORT
n COVERAGE OF THE NACS
n CATEGORY CLOSE-UP ON OTP
TO FILL UP
Crude oil prices have, by far, the biggest
effect on retail prices. In 2013, crude oil
costs were 68% of the retail price of gasoline.
(Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, cumulative 2013
monthly averages; figures do not add up to 100% because of rounding)