Unexpected C-Store Deliciousness - GSP
To most, convenience store fare is known as quick, easy and simple. However, according to various publications and awards, this c-store grub is borderline gourmet.
- Buc-ee’s Brisket Becomes a Barbeque Fan Favorite
Founded in 1982, this Texas-based convenience store chain may only have 35+ locations throughout Texas and Alabama, but it sure has a diehard cult fan following. Buc-ee’s stores feature a beef jerky bar, freshly-made fudge and is famous for its barbeque brisket sandwich, which Food & Wine describes as “… Probably better than the barbecue where you live.”
- Cumberland Farms Café-Style Creations
This 80-year-old c-store chain operates approximately 600 stores in eight states and recently made the news for exploring sale opportunities. Additionally, Cumberland Farms announced its new Starbucks-style food offerings, such as such as its delectable spinach and feta sandwich and mouthwatering macchiato. David Heilbronner, the company’s director of brand strategy and advertising told the Worcester Business Journal, “It is a significant investment … It’s worth it for us. It’s more getting into the food business, or like a quick-service restaurant.”
- Award-Winning Krispy Krunchy Chicken
Krispy Krunchy Chicken (KKC), a c-store based QSR with 2,500+ retail locations in 46 states, American Samoa and Mexico, has good reason to tout itself as America’s Best Fried Chicken. Thrillist describes KKC as “the most underrated item in fast food today.” Former Top Chef contestant/New York-based restaurateur/KKC fan extraordinaire, Dale Talde told Thrillist, “I go [to KKC] every time that I’m in Miami, and I’m in Miami once per month … It’s [the bomb].” In fact, KKC has made headlines for everything from feeding 10K Hurricane Michael victims and first responders to winning taste buds one fill-up at a time.
- 7-Eleven Brings C-Store Innovation to Dallas
7‑Eleven, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its first-ever U.S. lab store in Dallas on March 22. Serving up made-to-order smoothies and agua frescas, on-tap kombucha, upscale street tacos on handmade tortillas and baked-in-store cookies and croissants, this innovative 7-Eleven lab location doesn’t disappoint. Customers can fill up on local craft beers at the growler refill station as well as kick back on the outdoor patio.
- The Wonderful Wawa Hoagie
With more than 800 locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C., this 50-year-old convenience store chain made history by becoming the first c-store to win the best U.S. sandwich shop. According to Market Force Information’s 2018 survey of nearly 11,500 consumers, Wawa beat out heavy hitters such as Jersey Mike’s, Subway and Firehouse Subs.
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