Editor's note: The following information is part of a countdown recap from the inaugural Top 100 Movers and Shakers publication. It was published in the spring of 2012. Some of the information may now be different.
Convenience stores have capitalized on busier, on-the-go consumers by improving their food offerings, especially pizza. New research by Technomic shows that more consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options available at C-stores, many times at the expense of quick-service restaurants. Some concepts — such as Nashville-based Hunt Brothers — are well positioned to capitalize on this trend with a strong C-store presence, but others are forced to compete with a relatively new segment that tends to be more conveniently located.
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