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Frank Beard
Analyst, Convenience Store and Retail Trends
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Why Quality Restrooms are Essential for Business

Why Quality Restrooms are Essential for Business

By Frank Beard | April 25, 2017

Here’s a dirty little secret: bad restrooms are bad for business. Today’s customers expect more than a key attached to a hubcap or a sign informing visitors that restrooms are for “paying customers only.” Nor are they willing to tolerate neglected…

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Three Trade Shows and Six Great Products

Three Trade Shows and Six Great Products

By Frank Beard | April 18, 2017

I’ve been on the road a lot these past few weeks. These trips are an essential way to stay up-to-date with trends in the convenience store industry, not just through conversations with store operators, suppliers, and industry leaders, but because I gain…

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Consumer

HOW TO EAT HEALTHY AT GAS STATIONS

HOW TO EAT HEALTHY AT GAS STATIONS

By Frank Beard | April 11, 2017

People sometimes look at me like I’m crazy when I say that I spent one month eating at gas stations. But I understand why. While convenience stores have evolved and expanded their product offerings to include healthier options, the public perception seems…

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Happy National Beer Day! GasBuddy Users Love Craft Beer, Purchasing Beer at Convenience Stores

Happy National Beer Day! GasBuddy Users Love Craft Beer, Purchasing Beer at Convenience Stores

By Frank Beard | April 6, 2017

It’s that time of year again. A time when people all over the U.S. can come together in harmony to celebrate something so sacred and meaningful to American life and culture that it renders meaningless whatever issues might typically divide us. Yes, tomorrow…

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