Touring best-in-class retail locations and seeing great ideas in action can provide inspiration to truckstop and travel plaza operators, and NATSO Connect’s retail tour gave operators an up-close look at several Dallas-area locations.
Chad Stanford, president of real estate for QuikTrip, took attendees on a guided tour of the company’s location at I-35 and State Highway 114. “This was a natural fit for a truck diesel offer,” Stanford said.
QuikTrip tries to find locations with trucking customers and population density to support employment and provide local customers. The 7,000-square-foot location features 12 gas lanes and six diesel lanes and about 35 employees.
Attendees also took part in a self-guided tour of Buc-ees before Mohamed Sharaf, vice president of Victron Energy took operators on a guided tour of Victron Energy’s Texas Best Smokehouse in Denison, which opened in November. The 15,500-square-foot location features several food concepts, including Einstein’s Bagels, Fuzzy’s Tacos in addition to the homemade barbeque. “Every store is custom made based on the community,” Sharaf said.
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