4. C-Store Design

 C-store designs are continually evolving. Thirty years ago, stores were located in the center of a large canopy with pumps on each side and with a flat roof. Now stores are set back from the gasoline canopy with parking in front of the store. Gone are the flat roofs in favor of gables or towers, some with clocks.

3. Choose A Competent Builder

Choose a builder that specializes in convenience stores. It helps if the builder can point to stores that he has built in your town. An experienced builder will have a library of plans to stimulate your ideas. Usually, he can modify existing plans or, if necessary, can draw up the plans from scratch.

2. Run A Survey

Once you pick a site, you will need to have a survey run by a company that specializes in convenience stores with gasoline such as MPSI or New Image Marketing.

A good survey will provide you with the figures that you can take to the bank, usually plus or minus 10%. Without the sales figures that an existing store can provide, most banks will be a bit leery about making a loan.

A good survey will provide you with gallons sales per month and inside sales per month. If you are planning to offer a car wash or food service then ask for those to be included in the survey. A survey company has hundreds of convenience stores loaded into its database.  They will pull the demographics of your site, compare it to similar sites and provide you with your customer’s propensity to buy. Will they purchase pizza or fried chicken? How many carwashes would you sell per day?

A high performance carwash would cost up to $165,000. The building could cost $200K. A c-store will cost between $1.2 million and $2 million not counting the land. At these levels, one would not consider a site that could not pump 150K gallons per month.

Important Documents: Get a Complimentary Single-site Evaluation Tool (SET) and Sample SET Survey by answering a few questions. Just fill out our Convenience Store Prospect Form and when you hit submit you’ll get access to these valuable document which will help in your planning.

1. Find a Good Site

The old axiom of Location, Location, and Location is well placed. There should be lots of traffic, but also housetops in the area so there will be business other than rush hour.

A traffic light is ideal because it allows your customer to return to traffic.

Corners are best, but on very busy roads the corner after one passes through the intersection allows the customer to reenter traffic more easily. The near corner may be blocked by traffic at the light and many customers would be deterred from pulling off for fear they cannot get back out.

One should view all of the competition along the ‘corridor’ that your customers travel. What is the competition? Are there major brands along the corridor or are there big box discounters?

What access in and out does the site offer? Is it satisfactory, good or excellent?

Interstate sites are best, just off the ramp, but not behind the fence line with limited access. Sites farther than one mile are not as desirable.

One should obtain an option on the land for at least six months. You might wish to run a survey first, but you run the risk the land will be purchased by someone else.

HEATING OIL PRICES

HEATING OIL PRICES FOR RALEIGH METROPOLITAN AREA  
   
#2 FUEL OIL #1 KEROSENE  
$2.965 $3.299  
   
All off road fuels are dyed red.  There is a 100 gallon minimum  
or price will increase. Deliveries to Durham are 200 gallon  
minimum. For delivery call Sidney at 1-877-678-1601  

Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Price Changes

Good morning,

 

A Winter Mix is a good term for what we are receiving. I had one gasoline tanker out early but I have him parked now. I will not risk my people or equipment for a half day’s work. We should be going after lunch. The temperature is rising and the rain continues to melt the ice which was snow early this morning when my lab and I were out walking.

 

Gasoline prices are up by 9/10ths at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel continues to rise with this cold front that has the Jet Stream down in Florida. Maybe the cold snap will kill off some of those Burmese pythons that got loose in the Everglades and have been happily breeding there. Diesel prices are up 2.4 cents today. Prices are:

 

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UNLEADED

2.3222

0.1840

0.3215

0.0019

2.8296

PREMIUM

2.5236

0.1840

0.3215

0.0019

3.0310

ULS

2.5405

0.2440

0.3215

0.0019

3.1079

ULS RD

2.5437

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.5481

 

Best regards,

 

-Larry

Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Price Changes

Good morning,

 

Gasoline prices are down 2.3 cents today at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel prices are up by ½ cent. Prices are:

 

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UNLEADED

2.3128

0.1840

0.3215

0.0019

2.8202

PREMIUM

2.5155

0.1840

0.3215

0.0019

3.0229

ULS

2.5166

0.2440

0.3215

0.0019

3.0840

ULS RD

2.5195

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.5239

 

Best regards,

 

-Larry

HEATING OIL PRICES

HEATING OIL PRICES FOR RALEIGH METROPOLITAN AREA
 
#2 FUEL OIL #1 KEROSENE
$2.935 $3.409
 
All off road fuels are dyed red.  There is a 100 gallon minimum
or price will increase. Deliveries to Durham are 200 gallon
minimum. For delivery call Sidney at 1-877-678-1601

Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Price Changes

Good cold morning today,

 

Gasoline is up by 7/10ths of a cent per gallon. Diesel fuel is up by 6/10ths of a gallon. Prices are:

 

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UNLEADED

2.3359

0.1840

0.3215

0.0019

2.8433

PREMIUM

2.5375

0.1840

0.3215

0.0019

3.0449

ULS

2.5116

0.2440

0.3215

0.0019

3.0790

ULS RD

2.5138

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.5182

 

Best regards,

 

-Larry

HEATING OIL PRICES

HEATING OIL PRICES FOR RALEIGH METROPOLITAN AREA
 
#2 FUEL OIL #1 KEROSENE
$2.929 $3.299
 
All off road fuels are dyed red.  There is a 100 gallon minimum
or price will increase. Deliveries to Durham are 200 gallon
minimum. For delivery call Sidney at 1-877-678-1601