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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Queen’s expert John-Kurt Pliniussen (Smith School of Business) is available to speak to media about the future of conventional gas stations in Canada.

This stems from today’s announcement that Parkland Corporation, one of the largest gas station and convenience store operators in Canada, has purchased M&M Food Market.

Parkland, which operates ‘On the Run’ convenience stores and sells gas under Esso, Chevron and Fast Gas Plus banners, hopes to diversify its retail business and customers gradually shift toward more electric vehicles, buy offering more reasons for customers to ‘dwell’ while fueling or charging their vehicles.

With many municipalities and new builds offering charging station opportunities, will demand for the traditional gas station remain a preferred destination for motorists?

“With the slow but steadily increasing adoption of hybrids and EVs, there is still a long-term opportunity for convenience stations to provide more of the daily necessities for both commuters and consumers,” says Dr. Pliniussen. “But convenience stations will evolve to include charging stations and options as well as more diverse convenience offerings. Three goals seem clear:   Continue to adapt and improve the variety of convenience goods and services for its clients at all locations, offer fuel for both fossil and EV/Hybrid vehicles, and become a regular shopping/stopping destination in consumers lives.”


To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Julie Brown (343-363-2763 or Julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  


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