During my travels I have gathered several ideas that could benefit truckstop and travel plaza operators who are looking to build or remodel a location. Take a look:
- Install power outlets on the floor so you can move powered displays around your store easily.
- Add power outlets and USB charging outlets in seating areas.
- If you do have bean-to-cup coffee and/or Coca Cola or Pepsi Freestyle machines, remember the impact on speed for the third or fourth person in line. Put plenty of machines in your stores to keep customers moving.
- Create a dog park so you can change up your fueling demographics.
- Install a playground, which will also change up your fueling demographics by encouraging more families to stop.
- Add outside seating with umbrellas. It looks welcoming and creates additional space.
- Establish cashier-less areas within the store. Even if you don’t plan to utilize them today, you should plan for the future trend now.
- Install multiple grab-n-go reach-in coolers that emphasize fresh, new and unique offerings.
- If you have significant local business, offer take out or a pick up-and-go area.
- Create a Sonic-style food ordering system for over-the-road professional drivers while they fuel. That way they can speed up their stopping time without hurting your retail and food conversion rates. It can be a win-win situation because you’ll sell more while they’ll get what they need and have greater service.
- Put in digital menu boards for hot and cold food marketing and customer directional information.
- Prepare for contactless payments.
- Create the ability for deliveries to be brought in through the back of the operation versus through the front door. Along with this, ensure you have a vendor check-in policy.
- Have at least one Mechanical Petroleum Dispenser (MPD) just off the gasoline fueling area designated for RV and motor coach customers.
- Have auto diesel on every gasoline pump.
- Install a biodiesel tank if you have locations in California, Texas, Iowa and/or Illinois. Learn more about the benefits of biodiesel through the Alternative Fuels Council at www.natsoaltfuels.com.
- Put hot food and healthy cold food options on the counter. Why not give premium purchase position to a cup of grapes and strawberries or a hot slice of pizza over a Bic Lighter?
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