Convenience store operators are hanging up their gas pumps and pumping up their fresh foods.
In fact, convenience stores are looking more and more like supermarkets with an expanding assortment of salads, sandwiches, produce and other fresh prepared foods. The change comes out of necessity. Dwindling profit margins on fuel and steep taxes on cigarettes have forced C-stores to transform their business.
For Dave Carpenter, a third-generation convenience store operator from