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Video by Brandon Gray

Brothers build original foodservice program in downtown Toronto.

What do you get when you combine the enthusiasm of a young entrepreneur, the food savvy of an established local chef, and a unique concept never tried before in Canada?

To find the answer, you need look no further than downtown Toronto, where Greg and Judson Flom are establishing Leslieville Pumps General Store & Kitchen as an undeniable force in the c-gas community, and a formidable fixture in the foodservice domain.

The brothers took over the site in October of 2011, when Judson found the ideal Toronto location to build a southern barbecue into a convenience store and gas station, modelled after an American site he’d researched online.

Check out this CCentral video and see for yourself how these innovative brothers have established their own unique c-gas site in downtown Toronto.

Here are five tips for establishing a successful c-gas site:

  1. Get the word out. Use Facebook and Twitter to communicate your message and stay in touch with customers.
  2. Create a vision. Look at the big picture before renovating and build something larger than the sum of its parts.
  3. Incorporate foodservice. Try a new foodservice program that customers will rush to your store to experience.
  4. Support local. Source as much product as you can from neighbouring businesses so your customers can feel good about supporting their local community.
  5. Put your customers first. Take customer opinions into account and give them service they’ll keep coming back for.
  • Marilyn

    I got ycm and saw these boys on the cover. Great story and I like that theres a video.
    I want to have hot food for my customers but I dont have the room in my store :(

  • Marilyn

    and I am going to the carwacs show for some food ideas

  • Sulemaan

    Good for these guys. Offering food like that is a big risk in a convenience store.