According to GasBuddy, frequent c-store customers say several factors have a strong or moderate influence on their opinion of a store before going inside. “Cleanliness of the fuel area” was mentioned by 79.7% of respondents.
Rusted and chipped fuel islands can now be restored to better-than-new condition with an epoxy-based mortar system. This is a relatively new process and technology proven to outperform standard concrete.
Most convenience store retailers who want to improve the look-n-feel of their fuel islands are used to removing gas pumps, tearing out the entire island and starting from scratch. There are better solutions today that are not as time consuming or disruptive to your business. In fact, with many of them, you can still stay open and sell gasoline throughout the entire process.
Another major advantage of using the epoxy mortar system is its durability. The material cures at approximately 10,000 psi, which is 2-3x stronger than standard concrete. Additionally, the metal bands of traditional islands can become rusted, exposed, unsightly and many times even a safety hazard. With epoxy-based restorations, metal bands can usually be completely removed.
It’s a new year and a great time to do what you can to increase new and repeat customers. Look into restoring your fuel islands for strong, stable foundations that won’t fade and are resistant to chemicals, oil, gasoline spills, and road salts.