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Wholesale Convinience Store

If there is one area of the wholesale business that has grown with the explosion of interstate highways and automobile travel, it is the wholesale convenience store sector. Thousands of entrepreneurs and families have found success operating one or more convenience stores along federal and state highways, catering to the ever-moving American public. In addition, people worldwide have also come to depend on wholesale convenience store suppliers for their travel needs.

In this industry, there are wholesale convenience store companies that specialize in such items as food products, tobacco products, snacks and so on. There are warehouse companies and distributors who supply nearly all the items one store might need. In either case, wholesale convenience store merchants keep the roadside retail business stocked with thousands of items that travelers demand.

Just how many products are available from suppliers in the wholesale convenience store field. Some estimates state that more than 3,500 different products are available – from food, snacks and drinks, to tobacco, clothing, automotive accessories and reading material. Others say the number is well over 4,000.

Many of these are name brand items, secured by contract with independent distributors or through delivery systems for one brand. Others are licensed products, such as those representing NASCAR and Hollywood production companies. The prices on wholesale convenience store products vary widely, with many sold at or higher than the price in other retail outlets. But many novelty items and closeout items offered by suppliers to the wholesale convenience stores cut their prices to wholesale customers as much as 90 percent off retail. The margin for profit can be very inviting.

One of the interesting developments in recent years for the wholesale convenience store industry has been the availability of novelty items, licensed clothing and similar products at discount prices – to the individual buyer! While many wholesale convenience store suppliers deal only with established distributors, variety stores and branded convenience stores, others will also sell at discount prices to the single buyer.

Another key element of wholesale convenience store activity is the novelty/gag/humor item, from pens and key chains to posters and shirts with humorous quotes and pictures on them. Many suppliers also make sure that convenience stores are well supplied with in-demand tobacco products, especially low-cost cigarettes and smoking accessories. Candy is a big seller in the wholesale convenience store area as well, with soft drinks of every description a close competitor for the traveler's dollar.

A brief look at the wholesale convenience store industry will also reveal the increasing popularity of chain "dollar" stores in which shoppers can find everything from prescription and over-the-counter drugs to groceries and furniture items. The key word for including these stores under the wholesale convenience store umbrella is the word "convenience." The traveler or afternoon shopper can find just about anything they want or need. Quite simply, it is convenient.

The wholesale convenience store field is served by huge warehouses. Many several different chains and the volume demands that products be purchased and shipped in pallet loads rather than boxes. Wholesale convenience stores – a worldwide phenomenon offering almost unlimited choice in products and great opportunity for the businessperson.

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