Convenience Stores in the United States of America.

The United States of America is known to be a country of extraordinary contrasts and a stunning level of convenience. Trying to make their life as comfortable as possible, Americans have contrived a great amount of things and institutions that not only help them to live, but also to protect their rights. One of the American's inventions that slipped in most European countries is a convenience store.

The USA is a country of great contrasts. Here you can see the most incredible buildings, streets, and of course, people. In the streets of America you can find the most beautiful, as well as the ugliest edifices, the richest, as well as the poorest districts, enormously huge, and unbelievably tiny stores. The topic of our conversation is convenience stores. A convenience store is a small store or shop, generally accessible, or local. They are often located alongside busy roads, or at gas stations. Railway stations also often have a convenience store. Being a place for having a bite, convenience stores find their special popularity among people that are used to travel.

The convenience store network suddenly became hugely popular in retail marketing in 1999-2000, with the increase in the number of the large convenience stores. There are various types of convenience stores sometimes abbreviated to c-store, for example: liquor stores, mini-markets, or party stores. The production range is limited and most of the convenience stores deal in the traditional products like, tobacco, alcohol, junk food (candy, ice-cream, soft drinks), lottery tickets, newspapers and magazines. Disregarding the name, the liquor stores range of alcohol beverages is likely to be limited (i.e. beer and wine), or non-existent. Motoring items such as motor oil, maps, and car kit are also may be sold. Often toiletries and other hygiene products are stocked, as well as pantyhose, and contraception. A convenience store may be combined with other services, such as a train station ticket counter, or a post office counter.

Some people believe a convenience store to be a cheap kind of store, but unlike a thrift store (a charity shop UK), thrift store (US) or op shop (Australia/NZ, from opportunity shop), is a retail establishment operated by a charitable organization for the purpose of fundraising. The prices in a convenience store are typically higher than at any supermarket, mass merchandise store, or auto supply store, let alone a thrift store. Many of these stores in the United States are owned by ethnic Indians. In some urban areas, ethnic Koreans are also active in owning convenience stores. The first (US) convenience store was opened in Dallas, Texas, in 1927, by the Southland Ice Company, which eventually became 7-Eleven. In parts of the Midwest, especially Michigan, the term "party store" is used, rather than "convenience store."

US convenience stores have since developed a somewhat negative reputation as being the frequent target of criminal armed robberies. The job of convenience store night clerk is generally considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Being afraid of armed attack, some of them have fire arms that also can be dangerous.  Despite such a negative reputation, US convenience stores find a certain kind of popularity. You can come across such a store almost all over the USA. More over, the given invention nowadays can be found in Europe too.

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