Like any business districts, the landscape of The Fort is dotted by convenience stores. Office workers in The Fort visit these convenience stores not only for snacks and refreshment, but also as a place to take their mind off work and for meeting people, believe it or not. But are all convenience stores the same? We did a little research and found out a few things.
We surveyed 12 convenience stores in The Fort, of which ten belongs to chains and only two are independently owned and operated.
We compare the prices of twelve items that are commonly purchased in convenience stores.
All 7-Eleven stores, of which there are at least 7 in BGC, have the same price for the same item irrespective of location, so we only need to show the results for one store. Same with Ministop stores, which there are two and will be three in BGC. Mercury Drug is included in this survey, as this store across St. Luke's Hospital on 32nd Street is open 24 hours, and sells many items similar to a convenience store in addition to medical supplies. As it turns out, the price of many items we checked was lowest in Mercury Drug store.
Selected branches of 7-Eleven provides bills payment service.
The convenience store with the largest number of sit-down tables is actually not on the list, but very near to several that are. It is the 7-Eleven store on 2nd Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets. It actually has ten tables, more than some restaurants have! Convenience stores nowadays actually want to grab business from fast food restaurant, as evidenced by the ready to eat meal packages displayed on the shelves of all convenience stores.
Best Sit-Down Convenience Store
In terms of ambience, no other convenience store can beat the new comer Circle K, which is located on 30th Street across a small jogging park. It is the newest chain to enter The Fort. Its decor is bright and modern, and spacious. It has a counter that makes simple Asian noodle and rice meals on the spot. Family Mart, which is a joint venture between Ayala Corp and a Japanese group, is in second place as it also provides decent sit-down place, and its products include packaged Japanese food items.
A Changing Landscape
A new Rustan’s Supermarket is rumoured to be open in 2014 in Central Square, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue. Robinson’s Supermarket is also set to open at 8 Forbestown Road, Burgos Circle. When they do, they may take away some of the daytime customers of convenience stores nearby. But the night will still belong to the convenience stores.