California Supermarket Strike Benefits C-Stores

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California Supermarket Strike Benefits C-Stores

10/27/2003
SAN DIEGO -- Two weeks ago, the grocery strike began in Southern California, and while some surrounding business are suffering because the traffic has died down, local convenience stores are seeing a dramatic increase in sales, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

"Business is good," said Kris Phillips, owner of a 7-Eleven convenience store on Bernardo Center Drive in California. "We're doing about $1,000 a day better. People are buying all the staples like milk and bread."

Bakeries are also profiting from the strike. At Einstein Bros Bagels, sales for two days exceeded sales for the entire week before the strike, according to Nicole Krzyska, a shift manager at the shop.

"No one wants to go to the grocery store," said Krzyska. "It looks pretty dead in there."

Even Starbucks is benefiting, with pastry shelves emptying so quickly, one store had to set up its orders for the next week.

And those doing so well won't mind if the strike continues. "They can strike forever," said Phillips.