Twice as Nice
Dailyâs stores are being converted to the progressive twice Daily concept
Whatâs better than getting customers to visit your convenience store every day? Getting them to visit at least twice a day, of course.
That is the simple theory behind the rebranding of Nashville, Tenn.-based Dailyâs convenience stores into Twice Daily, a progressive convenience concept built on fresh daypart offerings, excited customer service, an in-house media network and pride in its Music City culture â all working together to encourage customers to shop the stores multiple times throughout the day.
The thinking is that customers will come by in the morning for a coffee and fresh-prepared Danish or fruit cup, and then return in the afternoon for an artisan sandwich or afterschool snack with the kids. Thatâs where the Twice Daily name comes from â a convenience offering thatâs so on target and in tune with its market, customers will want to shop at least twice daily.
In November, Tri Star Energy LLC rebranded its 17th store from Dailyâs to Twice Daily, marking one-quarter of its 71 stores now converted. And the company couldnât ask for a better market to fit this new concept. Nashville is a progressive market predicted to almost double in size in the next three to five years; was voted one of the top five cities to visit by a major travel publication; and is in the growth spotlight from both a population diversity and industry perspective.
FRESH ALL DAY
Fresh offerings all day long are the hallmark of Twice Daily. In fact, âfresh all dayâ is its tagline.
âFoodservice is the hottest topic in our industry, and we heard it again at [the] NACS [Show]. If youâre not in the food business, youâre not in the convenience business,â said Tom Woodard, director of communications for Tri Star Energy.
The Twice Daily breakfast offering begins before sunup and is available until about 10:30 a.m. Breakfast goodies include a full pastry/Danish assortment prepared in stores every morning, along with breakfast biscuits and muffins, a fresh fruit cup to go, and eight flavors of coffee changed fresh every hour on the hour with a full cream and condiment bar.
The lunch offering is merchandised around 10:45 a.m. to cater to the working crowd that starts very early. Lunch options include Italian and pizza flatbreads; artisan sandwiches made with chicken, chipotle beef and rustic turkey; two types of chicken salads; a Caesar salad; veggie cups; and there is even a âfantastic PB&J [peanut butter and jelly] sandwich for the kids that goes great with a fruit cup,â Woodard maintained.
In addition, any food by request is made fresh to order at any time of the day.
In the beverage department, Twice Daily stores feature 28 flavors plus flavor shots, ICEE and fâreal milkshakes. âWe actually tried to do an algorithm based on how many different flavor combinations there are â itâs crazy,â he said.
MEET & GREET
Twice Daily isnât keeping its fresh food offering bottled up in-store. âWeâve taken the food to the people,â Woodard explained. By that, he means the company has showcased its new food offering at events that it previously didnât attend and/or wasnât associated with.
One recent event was a fall festival at The Hermitage, the former plantation/estate of President Andrew Jackson. Twice Daily provided the food for the donor dinner, including finger sandwiches, veggie and fruit trays, and cookies. Attendees were âwowedâ and surprised to learn the food came from a convenience store, according to Woodard. At another recent local event, a live radio concert one Thursday night, Twice Daily dropped 24 dozen doughnuts and fresh pastries in the VIP area at 9 p.m.
At these events, coupons are also âdroppedâ for free cups of coffee with a breakfast sandwich or a pastry to encourage surprised consumers to come into the stores. âA small part of the uptick weâve had in sales, we believe, is due to the fact that weâve gone out and fed the city at events that had previously been tended to by a caterer,â said Woodard.
Each Twice Daily store has a hostess (or host) who also samples food in-store. However, this position goes beyond just highlighting the food. Itâs about taking customer service to a higher, more excited plane. âWe created the hostess position to greet our guests and explain the changes at Twice Daily,â he said. âItâs a more personal touch, it has a personal shopper feel and itâs all about being guest-oriented. We believe service is lost in America and in the South, especially, itâs really important to us.â
This new position has proven to be a growth tool for the Twice Daily concept, garnering positive comments on social media and locally by word of mouth. âIt simply blows people away to be greeted in our convenience stores with, âHow can we serve you today?â and âHow is your day going?ââ Woodard relayed.
More excitement at Twice Daily comes in the form of the companyâs in-house media network. Full TV screens operate at the pumps, with audio piped into the stores. Product offerings, promotions, contests and employee opportunities are some of the message topics.
âWe used to have different vendors that ran screen content at the pumps, but weâve chosen to bring that all in-house with Twice Daily,â Woodard explained. âWe control the messaging and we are using our stores as the medium. Itâs a pretty big deal.â
One of last yearâs promotions was a partnership with The Coca-Cola Co. where guests had the opportunity to win gas weekly, given away on Sundays at midnight.
Because guests have to register through their local Twice Daily store, this kind of content has grown the companyâs customer database tenfold, according to Woodard. The stores also run a âWord of the Weekâ promotion where customers have to enter the store to find out the word and then enter it online to potentially win a prize.
âItâs much better than a âtext-to-winâ promotion, we feel, because itâs more of a personal touch,â he said. âIt creates conversation between our GSR (guest service representative) and our guests. It excites both our guests and our team members.â
Twice Daily also takes great pride in its Nashville culture. âWe have a heart for Music Cityâ is another company tagline thatâs tied into its philanthropic efforts. âThis is the way we love on our city,â said Woodard. Twice Daily is a locally owned business and so it gives back to a host of local organizations and efforts, including the childrenâs hospital.
Overall, the new Twice Daily concept has proven positive for the company culture.
âIt has reinvigorated our people to focus on service,â Woodard said. âIt challenges our people every day in positive ways. This new image has really rallied our people. It has elevated the excitement and culture of the whole company.â
The conversion plan is for most of the remaining Dailyâs stores â there are 54 currently â to be changed over to Twice Daily in the next two to three years. The chain is averaging about 15 conversions a year, according to Woodard.