Highway 2 Gas Bar plays an essential role in a small Alberta community with a big heart. Owners Marilynne and Bruce Brulotte on how the pandemic has shaped their business, from foodservice to category management and staffing.
Ready-to-eat foods attract a steady stream of customers to Dépanneur JLS Villeneuve de l’Ouest When opening Dépanneur JLS Villeneuve de l’Ouest in 2017, Lison Villeneuve was confident that the lasagna, spaghetti and other ready-to-eat meals she made at night in the kitchen of her family's new gas station/convenience store in Amqui, Que.
At 181, Nova Scotia’s Frieze and Roy is celebrated as Canada’s oldest general store Everybody in the community of Maitland, NS, roughly 90 kilometres from Halifax, knows that you can get potato chips, lottery tickets, and even maple syrup at Frieze and Roy.
A social nerve centre in the heart of his hometown: That’s how Jules Forget sees the food and convenience store that bears his name in Mont-Laurier, a forestry town and outdoors tourism destination in Quebec’s Upper Laurentians region, a three-hour drive northwest of Montreal “It’s a real meeting place in the downtown core,” says Forget, owner of Dépanneur Jules, a Boni-Soir-affiliated business that carries everything from c-store standards like lottery tickets and tobacco to charcuterie, prepared foods and beer.
Change is not only the one constant in life, but essential to running a successful business, according to Jasmin Faucher. “If you don’t change anything, nothing will change,” states the co-owner of Dépanneur Simone, a convenience store and gasoline station in Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, south of Montreal.
A three-pronged approach to success – staff, customers, community For more than three decades, Hollywood Market in Kelowna has welcomed customers through its doors in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
Commuters making the daily trek to Toronto from communities as far away as Barrie, 113 km north of Canada’s largest city, can count on two things when they pull in to Alcona Esso Gas and Variety: a steaming cup of coffee and a beaming smile. Alcona Esso is located about 103 km north of Toronto in Innisfil, a commuter town, and during peak drive times the store is a hub of activity.