Filling up on fried chicken

Convenience chains emerge as Southern meal source

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There is no such thing as gas station food.

In your heart, you know that’s wrong. But as enthusiasm for driving wanes, the convenience store sector wants customers to realize its members aren’t fixated on fossil fuel, so the official industry stance is retailers who sell anything that can’t be classified as automotive—even if it’s just lottery tickets and bubblegum—are in the c-store business.

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