In 1988, the first Street Corner convenience store opened up in the West Ridge Mall in Topeka, Kansas. Within a few years, CEO, Peter LaColla, and President, Dan McCabe, opened dozens of stores, serving diverse local populations from 20,000 to 6 million people. Today, Street Corner is the No. 1 mall and specialty-based convenience store in the U. S., with more than 40 franchises, located only in high-traffic locations such as malls, hospitals, office buildings and college campuses.
We recently spoke with Peter LaColla, CEO of Street Corner, to get the inside scoop on the secret to his franchise’s success, one recent trend that has him excited for the future and what he looks for in potential franchisees.
What’s special about the Street Corner franchise?
Our franchises are an oasis of convenience retail, whether it’s simply providing a superior shopping experience, or serving a market that is traditionally underserved. These include large shopping malls, office buildings, downtowns and other venues. So we’re filling a niche market…