CSNews Honors Fourteen C-store Chains for Design Excellence

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CSNews Honors Fourteen C-store Chains for Design Excellence

By Linda Lisanti, Convenience Store News - 08/22/2013

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- As the convenience store industry continues to elevate its offerings, consumers are continuously elevating their expectations. Some might say they're becoming "convenience connoisseurs."

C-store retailers, as a result, are churning out new stores that are larger than ever before, made with higher-quality materials than ever before, offer more products and services than ever before — and perhaps most importantly, tap into the spoken and unspoken desires of customers.

This year, the Convenience Store News Store Design Contest honors 14 c-store chains that are reinventing the corner store and redefining what a c-store should be.

The CSNews design awards, now in their eighth year, honor convenience retailers who have created the most exciting, innovative and shopper-friendly looks for their stores. Entries are judged on innovation, creativity and the positive impact of the overall design on the business.

This year's winners are:

Best Original Store Design
NOCO Express
Lancaster, N.Y.
Owner: NOCO Inc.
Designer: Paragon Solutions Inc., TRM Architects

Best Original Store Design, Honorable Mention
Orlando, Fla.
Owner: Wawa Inc.
Designer: CBX

Best Interior Design

Corner Store
Harris County, Texas
Owner: CST Brands Inc.
Designer: Antista Fairclough

Best Interior Design, Honorable Mention
Bolla Market
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Owner: Bolla Management Corp.

Sky’s the Limit Remodel
(more than $250,000)
Jubitz Travel Plaza
Portland, Ore.
Owner: Jubitz Corp.
Designer: Paragon Solutions Inc.

Sky’s the Limit Remodel, Honorable Mention
Raleigh, N.C.
Owner: Holmes Oil Co.
Designer: Paragon Solutions Inc.

Best Mid-Budget Remodel ($100,000 to $250,000)
Edgewater, Md.
Owner: High's of Baltimore LLC
Designer: L2M Architects

Best Mid-Budget Remodel, Honorable Mention
Rio do Sul and Curitiba, Brazil
Owner: Idaza Distributor Petroleum Ltd.
Designer: Gabriela Cervi, Gge Design

Best Low-Cost Remodel (less than $100,000)
Earth Market
Frankfort, Ill.
Owner: Atlas Oil Co.
Designer: Xcel Construction, Paragon Solutions Inc., GSP Marketing

Best Low-Cost Remodel, Honorable Mention
Bogota, Columbia
Owner: Organizacion Terpel
Designer: CBX

Best Green Design

Southside Works GetGo
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Owner: Giant Eagle Inc.
Designer: Strada Architecture

Best Fountain Presentation
Garden City, Ga.
Owner: The Parker Cos.

Best Exterior Design
Chevron #9-7645
Gardena, Calif.
Owner: United Oil Co.
Designer: Kevin Oreck Architect Inc.

Best Cold Vault
Fast Stop
Spring Hill, Tenn.
Owner: Highland Corp.
Designer: Paragon Solutions Inc.

Look in the September and October issues of Convenience Store News for profiles on each winner.