While C-stores have offered fresh, prepared foods for quite some time, it’s only in the last decade that the food service trend has really taken off. In fact, CSPnet reported that in 2014, 37% of consumers said they purchase ready-to-eat food items from c-stores weekly or more often. With more and more customers who are hungry and limited on time, food service offers a high return on investment. The result is c-stores evolving from gas stations who sell food to food retailers who also sell gas.
How does AutoFry and MultiChef Fit in?
Food prepared on site offers highly profitable menu items while satisfying your customers need for hot and ready food items. The easiest, most cost-effective way to implement a profitable food program is with the ventless kitchen technology AutoFry and MultiChef delivers. Because both machines are self contained and ventless, you don’t need to spend money on costly renovations to add hoods or venting, all you need is counter or floor space and a plug and you’re ready to start increasing profits.
On average, c-store owners using an AutoFry make $200 in fried food sales per day, which is $73,000 per year. But that’s only the average. Corrine Aboud, owner of the Tedeschi Food Shop in East Acton, Massachusetts, says her store—which is the #1 store in the 300-unit c-store chain—has averaged $400 in fried food sales every day, since she purchased the AutoFry in 2001. At her store, customers can get fried hash browns along with their coffee for breakfast, a chicken and french fry combo meal for lunch, and fish and chips for dinner. There is something for all three day parts, and it’s all made in an AutoFry commercial deep fryer.
All c-stores have coffee, and an AutoFry and MultiChef makes a perfect complement to any coffee program with added ‘grab and go’ and impulse buy food menu options like egg sandwiches or French toast sticks. Convenience stores love the added sales they can generate by using AutoFry and MultiChef.
Notes & Quotes from Satisfied Equipment Users:
Tedeschi Food Shop
“Have you fried and gone to heaven? We have! For the past 5 years, we have averaged $400 a day in revenue from our Autofry! Our customers love the versatility of our menu & we love the added profits.” – Mike & Corinne Abboud
Chapin's Country Market
“All of our customers are absolutely loving the food. We have increased our sales of food significantly since we installed our Autofry. I would highly recommend this to everyone” – Lynn Chapin
Jernigan Oil Co.
“It’s easy to get into the food service business in an existing location because you do not have to add a hood if you fry with an AUTOFRY. Just as important is the fact that it is very user friendly and requires very little training. It also allows us to cook in smaller quantities so our customers get fresh food in addition we do not have a lot of waste. It is a win-win for the customer and us as well.” – Michael Harrell
Sample C-Store Food Menu:
Egg Sandwich Combo ($2.65 cost / $3.64 profit)
Egg, meat & cheese on a toasted English muffin or bagel served with hash browns $6.29
Chicken Biscuit Sandwich ($2.17 cost / $2.42 profit)
A southern style breakfast sandwich featuring fried chicken on a biscuit $4.59
Baby Cake Hash Browns ($.14 cost / $1.35 profit)
Seven delicious crispy brown hash browns cooked to perfection $1.49
Deep Fried Hot Dogs ($.46 cost / $3.49 profit)
One golden brown dog with a side of delicious French fries $3.95
Onion Rings ($.70 cost / $2.55 profit)
Basket full of thick sliced O-rings double dipped in batter $3.25
French Fries ($.12 cost / $1.57 profit)
Heaping plate full of delicious deep fried French fries $1.69
Chicken Combo ($2.40 cost / $4.45 profit)
Five juicy chicken tenders with a side of delicious French fries $6.95
Fish n Chips ($2.05 cost / $4.94 profit)
7oz Fillet of Haddock, beer battered with a side of French fries $6.99
Buffalo Wings ($2.80 cost / $3.45 profit)
Seven tender chicken wings dripping in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce $6.25
Personal Pizza ($1.32 cost / $3.67 profit)
Delicious pizza covered with customer’s choice of toppings $4.99