16 Secrets Convenience Store Owners Don't Want You to Know  

Erica Scheidt
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It's 2 am and you've spent the better part of your night throwing back drinks. Nothing in this world sounds better than chowing down on some truly regretful late night snacks. Where can you turn to on these desperate evenings? Why, your local convenience store of course! Like a good friend, your neighborhood corner store will always be there for you when you drunkenly need it! But there's plenty to be wary of as far as c-stores go. These gas station mini-marts and Slurpee-serving hot spots are full of tricks and there are lots of convenience store secrets the owners and staff don't want you to know.
For instance, all convenience store locations near you (and anywhere, really) are definitely intentional, with most stores employing extensive demographic reports so that they can maximize their foot traffic and sales. How about how convenience stores tend to pass over those pesky health regulations, even if it means your hot dog has been sitting out longer than is probably safe. You knew it was nasty convenience store food, but who knew it was that gross? Don't even get us started on convenience store bathrooms. Ick.
Whether it's the shocking statistics behind how much beer is sold at US convenience stores, or why you can't get a Coke at your favorite corner store (just Pepsi!), these convenience store secrets will definitely surprise you. So cuddle up with a Big Gulp and some Flamin' Hot Cheetos and upvote the most shocking c-store secrets that shed new light on how these shops really run their business.
College Students and Their Love of Beer Helps Keep Convenience Stores Afloat
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College students everywhere are basically responsible for keeping their local convenience stores open. Stores sell a whopping two billion gallons of beer every year, accounting for one-third of all beer sold in the U.S.

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Stores Cater to Your Fountain Drink Obsession
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In order to maximize profits, many stores now choose to own (instead of rent) fountain drink machines. They also focus on the ice, which can make up 50% of fountain drinks, offering their own softer ice cubes so people can chew on them after finishing their drinks. More ice = less soda = better business for the machine's owner.

Source: NACS
A Store's Location Is Definitely Intentional
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There's a reason why they're called corner stores. Most convenience stores use sophisticated customer demographic reports and map studies in order to drive as much foot traffic as possible. These reports give store owners loads of data about their local demographics including population, income, employment, and buying patterns for all types of consumers. This helps owners decide on their location. 

Source: SBDCNet
They Put the Cold Drinks in the Back on Purpose
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When you get thirsty, convenience stores are often a go to cold beverage spot. They know this, and make sure you have to walk by all kinds of other treats before you read the coolers in the back of the store, hoping you'll see a few other things you simply can't live without.

Source: CSPNet