Convenience shopping is thriving, but indies have a fight on their hands. The Grocer’s Grocery Retail Structure 2014 shows a 1.8% growth in overall c-store numbers as symbol groups, co-ops and the mults continue to think small. But while 451 convenience multiples opened last year, almost 200 independent c-stores shut up shop permanently.

So what tricks can the indies pull out of the hat to add a touch of magic to sales? Independent convenience retailers will be heading to the National Convenience Show, at Birmingham NEC next week to find out.