By Tim Kowols
Gas stations are becoming more than just a place to get gas and a quick bite to eat. According to the Food Institute, convenience stores saw their share of the grocery market double since 1988 as they have added food staples like produce, bread, and dairy to their shelves. It is even more apparent in communities like Baileys Harbor, which does not have a grocery store within 10 minutes of its downtown. By adding more grocery items including a produce cooler and a small deli, Baileys 57 manager Kari Baumann says they have seen foot traffic in the store grow.
Grocery stores are also seeing increased competition from big-box stores as well as their own share of the market drop a percentage point each of the last five years, according to the Food Institute.