Retail News & Headlines
September 24, 2021

Top stories in retail news and the business headlines that interest us today.

Drive-Thru Issues

Drive-Thru Issues

“Restaurant drive-thrus have become slower and less accurate in 2021, according to SeeLevel HX’s annual report.

The average total time spent in the drive-thru lane increased by more than 25 seconds from a year ago to 382 seconds. Compared with pre-pandemic times, that’s nearly a minute longer. Order accuracy dropped to 85% this year from 87% in 2020.”

Pumpkin Spice Everything

Pumpkin Spice Everything

“The pumpkin spice ‘industrial complex’ – the consumer cloud of allspice, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg – has grown to $278.5 million over the last 52 weeks, according to Nielsen. That’s up nearly 11% over the previous period. Sales climbed 13% and 3% in the two previous years.

Total pumpkin product sales had grown to more than $600 million in 2018, up from $500 million in 2015, Nielsen and Forbes has estimated. They found consumers spending nearly as much on Starbucks pumpkin spiced coffee drinks as on pumpkin pie filling.”

World’s Largest Convenience Store

Buc-ee's Beaver

“The construction of the world’s largest convenience store in Sevierville will begin Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony hosted by site developers and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Kituwah, LLC and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will break ground on the 74,000-square-foot flagship Buc-ee’s Family Travel Center at Exit 407, complete with 120 fueling positions, EV Charging stations and a car wash over 250 feet long, on Friday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. The project would surpass the Buc-ee’s in New Braunfels, Texas as the world’s largest convenience store.”


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