CHICAGO -- Because competitive pressures are driving down the prices and profits of cigarettes and gasoline in convenience stores -- the channel's core products -- it's time to revamp Center Store sections, according to Paul Weitzel, vice president, Willard Bishop Consulting, Barrington, Ill. "More people are selling cigarettes and more people are selling gasoline, so they are going to have to figure out something else," Weitzel said. "Part of that is going to be the center of the store. ...
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