Local convenience stores are noticing the same trends shown nationally of increased spending activity over the past month. More people are utilizing convenience stores to get more staples and quick meals. According to a report by the National Association of Convenience Stores, dollar sales at c-stores increased by nearly five percent in the last two weeks of September. Danny Raduenz from Simonar Shell in Luxemburg says he is seeing a trend of more people coming in early for breakfast and lunch foods. He notes that customers seem to know what they want and then be on their way.
Raduenz notes that bread, milk, and other household essentials are selling better too. Reported nationally, beer and beverage sales have seen an uptick as well with a 13.7 percent increase year over year at convenience stores.