ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Fresh-meals options like lunchtime heros and hot breakfast sandwiches helped the food-service category in convenience stores increase overall store sales, according to the latest annual poll by the National Association of Convenience Stores. In 1998, total food-service sales topped $10.4 billion, a 19.5% increase from the previous year, when sales amounted to $8.5 billion. Put another way, food-service sales per store averaged $107,700, up 18.1% from the year before. In ...

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