CHICAGO—The 2021 Ideas 2 Go program made its debut at the NACS Show in today’s General Session. This year’s five featured stores are redefining convenience around energy, foodservice, community and culture.
The NACS Ideas 2 Go program showcases industry leaders who are leading the way by staying ahead of the everchanging consumer, technology and retail landscape. Today’s session featured:
- The Market by Tiger Fuel Co. (Charlottesville, Virginia)
- Wawa (Wawa, Pennsylvania)
- the PRIDE stores’ 93 Octane Brewery (Chicago)
- 7-Eleven’s Evolution Store (Dallas)
- Weigel’s (Powell, Tennessee)
Tiger Fuel Company was established in August of 1982 with the purchase of an Exxon-branded petroleum distributor. The Charlottesville, Virginia-based company expanded to convenience stores and car washes and home heating oil and propane gas products. Today, Tiger is diversifying its energy offer even further with the acquisition of a solar company, Altenergy, that has since been rebranded to Tiger Solar.
For Pennsylvania-based Wawa, its commitment to its people, and making an impact in the lives of the customers the stores serve, is guided by its social purpose. Wawa’s social purpose is an extension of the company’s core purpose, which focuses on four pillars: community, valuing people, quality food and protecting the environment.
As Chicagoland-based Parent Petroleum expanded its store count to 16 PRIDE Stores, owner and CEO Mario Spina also set his sights on differentiating the concept to attract loyal customers. Today, the company has three foodservice concepts, Pride Café, Urban Counter and Taco Urbano, a liquor store and a new brewery called—appropriately—93 Octane.
At 7-Eleven, redefining convenience never takes a break. The company has opened an average of two stores a day in the past 94 years, beginning with a single icehouse and growing to more than 71,000 stores throughout the world.
In 2020, Powell, Tennessee-based Weigel’s celebrated its 90th anniversary—appropriately during a 90-day event—that captured the company’s incredible growth from a local dairy to bakery and more than 65 convenience stores.
You can learn from these innovative, forward-thinking stores at www.convenience.org/Ideas2Go.
The Ideas 2 Go video program has featured hundreds of interviews with convenience retailers from more than 40 states and four continents. Check out past Ideas 2 Go series at www.convenience.org/Ideas2Go for innovations that continue to inspire.