C-stores understand visual communications with custom signs

In a recent study of over 7,600 consumers by Market Force Information, participants were asked to rank c-store chains across the United States and Canada.

The top five chains are listed below:

  1. QuikTrip Corp.
  2. Wawa Inc.
  3. RaceTrac Petroleum Corp.
  4. Speedway LLC
  5. ARCO/Casey’s General Stores Inc.

Other highlights emerging from the study include how the overall customer experience is key for c-store loyalty, and how a clean, inviting environment plays an important role in a consumer’s decision about where to shop (followed by service, amenities and coffee).

Janet Eden-Harris, chief marketing officer for Market Force, said, “Convenience store customers are on the go and in a hurry, but they will proactively drive to a store that provides a pleasant environment — clean, friendly, great food and service. The payoff for convenience store operators is that consumers shop longer and spend more. If stores can excel in these areas, they”ll see customers make a point to return again and again.”

According to the study, QuikTrip and Wawa also dominated across the board when it came to cleanliness, amenities and atmosphere.

With more than a quarter of consumers willing to drive right past competitors to shop at their favorite c-store locations (according to Market Force), c-stores cannot afford to ignore the results of this study.

One area often overlooked by c-store chains is their visual communication strategy – assuming that they have one in place.

A well thought-out visual communication strategy has become an important and effective tool for attracting and retaining customers in the competitive c-store marketplace. It’s important to understand that every sign, point-of-purchase display, menu board and graphic has a role in communicating with the customer.

The five c-store chains above understand and apply a successful visual communication strategy at all of their locations because they understand the power and impact the right signage can have on their bottom line.