CStore Decisions February 2021

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Operations | Best Store Design Awards

Best Store Design Awards CStore Decisions recognizes two c-store chains standing out with superior design updates. Erin Del Conte • Executive Editor

WINNER: D avis Oil for its flagship ‘C-Store’ convenience store design in Battle Creek, Mich. After decades of serving customers, most legacy c-stores need a refresh. When the time came to raze-and-rebuild its Emmett Street C-Store convenience store in Battle Creek, Mich., Jon Davis, co-president of Davis Oil, sought a clean, modern design that incorporated new departments, as well as an updated logo. Embarking on a rebuild can bring challenges in any year, but a full store makeover in the middle of a pandemic brings its own obstacles. CStore Decisions is recognizing Davis Oil with a “Best Store Design Award” designation for its flagship Emmett Street C-Store, which opened to the public in November 2020 and includes a kitchen area and beer cave, along with a modern industrial design.

Brothers Jon Davis and Ben Davis, presidents of Davis Oil, have taken the helm of the company after their father, James Davis, retired at the end of 2020. They’re already putting their stamp on the brand with an updated store design. 56


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Headquartered in Battle Creek, Mich., Davis Oil is a third-generation family-owned company with 20 c-stores in Michigan that operate under the ‘C-Store’ banner. Founder Richard Davis started the company in 1966, and his son James later took the helm. In 1980, Davis Oil was one of the first in its area to convert its gas stations to a convenience store model.