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4 Common Walk-in Cooler Questions Answered

When a convenience store owner, or someone looking to get into the convenience store business, considers all of the facets of the venture, the walk-in cooler is often the center of attention. This is because the walk-in cooler is not only the most important revenue generating component of a convenience store’s interior; it is also the most expensive. It is no surprise then, that we frequently receive many questions related to the walk-in cooler. We thought it would be a good idea to put together an article answering some of the most common. 1. How much space does the walk-in cooler require? In a convenience store, space is at a premium. That’s probably why one of the most common questions we receive is how much space is needed in order to install a decedent sized walk-in cooler and have adequate space to make it function to peak capacity. While many customers wish to go with a cheaper 10 door set-up, a 15 door arrangement or larger is recommended for store owners who wish to carry
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4 Common Walk-in Cooler Questions Answered

When a convenience store owner, or someone looking to get into the convenience store business, considers all of the facets of the venture, the walk-in cooler is often the center of attention. This is because the walk-in cooler is not only the mos...
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Anatomy of a Profitable Walk-in Cooler

In continuing with our overall theme - that in today’s market building a profitable convenience store has been boiled down to a science - we will review the walk-in cooler. This is one of the most important aspects of the overall convenience st...
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Walk-in Cooler on the Cheap – What Could Go Wrong?

So you have decided to install a walk-in cooler in your convenience store. Now you just have to decide whether you will go the established way and order a walk-in cooler package through a respected convenience store design company (like JayComp Development) or if you will try to cut corners and build your walk-in on the cheap. Of course, there are many ways to cut costs when installing a cooler in your store. Here we will take a look at some of these cost saving techniques and see how they stack up. Build it yourself Thought the U.S.A. is very much a “can do” nation, the number of people looking to build their own walk-in coolers is nevertheless surprising. A typical do-it-yourself walk-in cooler consists of sourced doors and framing, spray foam, boat epoxy, and plywood.  Now, it would be irresponsible to say that a walk-in cannot be built this way. But, the costs, when considering labor and sourced materials, is usually the same as, or more than, just buying a prefabricated walk
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The Components of a Highly Profitable Convenience Store

Convenience store design and construction has moved into the information age. Whereas stores in the old days all had a similar general layout and feel, perhaps accentuated by the owner’s personal preferences, today’s stores are designed to accomplish one mission: generate the most profits possible. In the quest to create the blueprint for the top performing convenience store, sales and design professionals have spent countless hours designing and testing different store components and foot traffic patterns. The result is the science of modern convenience store design. There are several components which go into a profitable modern convenience store.  These components are listed below. Restrooms – One of the most important aspects of a gas station convenience store is restroom design and placement. Everyone is familiar with the outdated concept of a small cramped restroom, often placed outside the convenience store as a virtual afterthought. Today’s customer expects restrooms t
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Convenience Store Trade Show Schedule

We are please to announce that Jaycomp Development will have a booth at the following industry trade shows this year. We invite all current and prospective customers to join us at our booth to see the latest trends in convenience store designs, equipment and supplies.  If you d like to setup an appointment please let us know and we ll be happy to accommodate your schedule. Indian Nation Wholesale Trade Show Friday, March 7th 12-4 Susser Petroleum Trade Show March 27th 11-5 Fast Lane to Profit Trade Show April 23rd Oklahoma Super Trade Show September 17th 10-5
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4 Common Walk-in Cooler Questions Answered

When a convenience store owner, or someone looking to get into the convenience store business, considers all of the facets of the venture, the walk-in cooler is often the center of attention. This is because the walk-in cooler is not only the mos...
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Anatomy of a Profitable Walk-in Cooler

In continuing with our overall theme that in today’s market building a profitable convenience store has been boiled down to a science we will review the walk-in cooler. This is one of the most important aspects of the overall convenience store design, and directly affects revenue. A maximally profitable walk-in cooler has several essential features, which will be considered below. 15 Doors (or more) When it comes to customer satisfaction, variety is king. The more options a customer has, the happier he or she will be. This is one of the reasons that savvy store owners are installing 15 plus door walk-in coolers as opposed to the 10 door units seen in years past. This 50% more space allows store owners to stock more of varieties of beverages, giving the customer a better choice. Installing a 15 foot walk-in requires approximately 39 feet of lateral width, but is well worth it to the store owners who are looking to maximize profits. Door Package Another important factor relating to co
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Walk-in Cooler on the Cheap – What Could Go Wrong?

So you have decided to install a walk-in cooler in your convenience store. Now you just have to decide whether you will go the established way and order a walk-in cooler package through a respected convenience store design company (like JayComp D...
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Convenience Store Design and Construction Start to Finish

Many people wonder how difficult it is to get into the convenience store business. Specifically, they wonder what steps are involved, and what the likely overall investment will be. Of course, the answer to these questions will vary from one situation to the next, but there are generalizations as to how much it costs to build a convenience store and the steps taken to construct it. Cost wise, a well-constructed 4000 square foot convenience store, with 5 fuel dispensing stations and a well apportioned interior will cost approximately $1.5 million to $2.5 million to construct, not including the cost of the land or land adjustments and Including the Fueling Equipment If you partner with a fueling partner this cost could be less depending on the agreement with the fueling partner and the projected gallonage of the site. In order to get a better idea of the steps involved in the design and construction of the property, we have laid out a general outline below. Step 1 – Site Selection One
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The Science of Modern Convenience Store Design and Construction

Technology is changing the way convenience stores are conceived, designed, and constructed. Whereas convenience store owners used to make a large portion of their profits from fuel sales, today’s proprietor must leverage in-store sales such as snacks and beverages in order to make a return on their investments. This switch has caused a revolutionary change in the way convenience stores are conceived and designed. Today’s customer is looking for a shopping experience, which gives the convenience store owner considerable opportunity to meet their needs. These changes have led many retail store design professionals to declare that there is actually a science to convenience store design and construction. It’s Still Location, Location, Location The first factor which goes into operating a profitable convenience store is site selection. A site survey should be conducted in order to ensure that the selected site will have an adequate flow of traffic and sufficient access from local roa
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Three Ways to Make Your Beer Cave Stand Out From the Competition

Want your beer cave to stand out from the rest? Follow these simply guidelines for success.
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