What it means: Convenience retail is no longer just about function. Like all sectors of retail, it must modernize and adapt to shifting consumer needs. C-stores and gas stations have seen a flurry of mergers and acquisitions, generating buzz around future endeavors within the c-store channel. Consumers’ desire to return to travel, including road trips, leaves them looking to source all of their items in a convenient way and experience convenience beyond grab-and-go items. This all provides a catalyst for change within this sector that will alter the landscape of convenience and impact the broader industry.